modified toy keyboards, traffic safety barriers, warning lights, raspberry pi with internet
connection running a python script, hidden speakers
Traffic Scrape was a work made for the Toonzaal (Bureau Europa, Maastricht); a temporary
exhibition space located in the old industrial part of the city that is undergoing a big
renovation. Apart from the transformation of all the industrial buildings, also the infrastructure
is getting a large scale renewal to be able to cope with the increasing amount of traffic in and
around the city.
The work reacts to this situation with five flashing barricade lights mounted on safety
barriers, visually extending the row of safety barriers next to the street outside. The flashes
of each light trigger a specific note in an electronic keyboard. Another keyboard in the space
is playing notes at increasing or decreasing pitches which are aligned with the amount of
traffic in the Netherlands. The traffic information is being downloaded and translated live
constantly. The sound that is produced can be heard from the street outside.