Limited edition of 32 + 1 se + 8 ap Each edition number is permanently fused into the hardware. Realised as part of the Kunsthalle Zürich NFT edition programme.
- is not multipurpose - is not a product - is not colourful - is 100% custom made - is hardware and software - is small (71×71×13 mm) - is generative - is realtime - is a device for ASCII art - uses codepage 437¹ - weights 35.3 g (without battery) - has gold-plated traces and superior PCB build quality - has a monochrome “Memory Liquid Crystal Display” with a resolution of 400×240 pixels - has 2 zoom levels - has 1 tweeter, 2 buttons, 3 LEDs - has no backglight - can output content to big screens² - can run on a 500 mAh rechargeable battery for more than 15 hours - can operate continuously on USB-C or on small 5V cable for a permanent installation ¹ three glyphs have been replaced (143–145) ² through additional software
LCD 1 is a single- (or even zero-) purpose object: it’s hardware AND software as entity. It runs the next version of the “Terminals” code optimised and adapted for monochrome and embedded systems. “Terminals” is a generative program to create animated text (ASCII/ANSI) compositions. Through an internal menu some settings can be triggered, a tiny beep can be emitted or the back-LEDs can be turned on and off: these operations aren’t functional; their only motive is to simply exist.
Size comparison with a 3.5" floppy disk:
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“This tiny object contains everything I know.” Over the past few months I have been thinking about this sentence, which I said as a joke… I realized that it’s not accurate as the knowledge of several friends and professionals has been activated to make LCD 1 possible: it “contains” so much more! LCD 1 is a new experiment for me: I wanted to see if a physical object can live along with a simple token. Ultimately it is also a response to the gigantic monitors, screens, TVs and LED walls that appeared in galleries, museums and venues: my desire is to demonstrate that kinetic artworks can also be quiet and discreet, that size does not reflect the intrinsic value of an object, especially of a dematerialized one. Paris, 2022 Andreas (ertdfgcvb)
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