In my last post, I discussed ideas for execution, and I'm thrilled to say that I've nailed down much of what that will entail.
I plan to construct an exhibit that loosely resembles a Voyager probe, and features a variety of different "human experiences" in individual containers. From programmable, light-sensitive speakers to photographs to physical objects, I'm working on as many kinds of elements as I can, with an overwhelming majority coming from surveys I've conducted. At the show, visitors are invited to explore them freely.
As far as materials and technology go, I've been looking online for things that might work well with this project. I've found a few kinds of small containers, a few easy-to-program speakers, and some other relatively affordable materials. I've also been creating a master list of the "human experiences" and organizing them based on which senses they appeal to the most.
Not all is well, though; I recently discovered that the Lone Signal service is currently unavailable. According to an official Tumblr post, the funding process has become difficult to sustain, and the group is currently searching for alternatives. I also sent them a tweet to reach them directly, which should hopefully explain when their service might resume. With that being said, I've begun searching for alternatives, but every one I've found has ultimately met the same fate.
Worst case scenario, I find some other way to aggregate people's contributions at the show, with the promise of sending them out when Lone Signal or a similar service becomes available.
My contact through Earth Tapestry also returned to the States recently, so I'll probably arrange for a Skype call with him soon. I'm also going to reach out to some Industrial Design students to see if anyone on campus is interested in helping me construct this thing. Expect some schematics soon!