(X) Crossings
by Albertine Meunier and Julien Levesque

Programming arduino and machine production: Jason Cook

Arduino code upgrade: Thomas Meghe

Google Latitude Programming: Sébastien Bourdu
Thanks to François Cheanne, watchmaker, for his help

Running into someone on the street, in a café, meeting each other by chance… Croisements was inspired by the repeated observation of our movements through the city in our daily lives..
Following several such encounters, Albertine and Julien were surprised to discover that their paths crossed regularly without intention. But how many times did they cross without them even knowing it? Crossings is about moving closer and further apart on the space/time curve of people we know, a way of questioning chance or fate.

Croisements is an object that records the distance between Albertine and Julien in real-time.

The object is a repurposed barograph connected to the Internet that traces the curve of this distance.

Example of the recorded distance between Albertine and Julien over one week.

In our nomadic and mobile lives, we are localized in real-time. But have we observed the distance that separates two individuals in real-time? Now that we carry cell phones, this distance can be precisely measured, recorded and revealed through a curve that illustrates this action of moving away / moving closer.

Perhaps this observation can help us unravel a bit of the randomness in our chance encounters.

Crossings operating principles

When we move closer together, the curve approaches the x-axis, tending toward the minimum distance of around 10 meters. The curve can also follow our movement around the world.

The higher the curve, the greater the distance. The maximum recorded distance can reach 20,000,000 meters.

croisementsA second component indicates the exact distance in meters.

This photo was taken when Albertine and Julien were separated by 11 meters.

Crossings, Show Off, Paris 2012.

2012 - albertine meunier and julien levesque