I fell in love with Transistor

(Originally posted by Olga in www.viralprojects.com)

I have recently started to suffer from a weird affection; one I didn’t think was possible: I fell in love with Transistor. This fascinating machine composed of n- and p-type semiconductors has enough personality as to allow current through it only under certain conditions. For transmission to be enabled the machine needs to be touched in a particular way. Isn’t she wonderful?

Now, if this was the only thing about her I’d still have the chance to go and marry Relay. But no, there’s more. Transistor is subtle rather clumsily mechanical, she changes state quietly, without apparent motion, she leaves no traces, she makes no noises. And even if I was to take the position of the romantic and feel passionate about the clikings and clackings of Relay, there would still be one more reason why I would fall for Transistor. She is the Queen of Grain, a truly gifted modulator. With her digital turns analog! Oh Relay, poor little thing, with you is all or nothing! Either we give you enough so you close the circuit or you keep it open. You incarnate automated switch logic. But her… she’s all about feeling and subtlety of expression. Her body attunes to the variations of a current and then induces equally nuanced variations upon a different current. She literally allows information to flow through electrically disconnected worlds. She is, you must admit, a true mediator!

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    Olga carries practical and theoretical research in the field of media arts. She works as a co-editor with Furtherfield.org while she pursues a practice-based PhD at Goldsmiths. Her research project looks into assemblages of sunlight, human bodies and machines. She is particularly interested on subtle modes of communication across bodies of radically different nature. She looks at the ways in which electronic circuits, computational systems, endocrine processes and neurological happenings intermingle. The tools she develops are speculations about the undercurrents of body communication.
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