Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Snail Mail 'Art'

Snail Fitted With RFID (2008)British snails Muriel, Austin and Cecil are an integral part of Bournemouth University's "slow art" project called Real Snail Mail, which will be on show at the computer graphics conference Siggraph in Los Angeles from 11 to 15 August. Each of the three snails is fitted with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip that allows it to collect an e-mail from a transmitter and take it to a reader at the other end of its tank ... at a snail's pace. Great fun, it you're patient, but I fail to see where art comes into it, unless it's the tongue-in-cheek website. Click the title link to send an e-mail via Austin or Cecil. (Muriel is still tucking into her/his lettuce.)


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