Lipstick Enigma

October 20th, 2010

Lipstick Enigma is a computer-driven sentence-generator made by Janet Zweig. The sculpture is made of 1200 resin lipsticks powered by 1200 stepper motors, controlled by 60 circuit boards. The software invents and writes a new line of text, using rules and a lexicon written by the artist, and displays it on the sign when triggered by a motion detector.

9 Responses to “Lipstick Enigma”

  1. zbc Says:

    really? that’s it? that’s what the piece does? with such an abundance of electronic wizardry, you would imagine that the artist had a vision for presenting something that didn’t seem so tired and expected.

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  3. fuzzyjay Says:

    I think it’s awesome.

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