Reading Plan is an interactive artwork with 23 automation book flipping machines. When audiences enter the exhibition room, these machines will start to turn pages automatically and read the context at the same time. The updated figure to show that average student numbers per primary school in years 2016 in Taiwan is 23 students. I included a metaphor classroom in this artwork.
In Taiwan, when people go to school, they don’t have much decision power to decide what they want to read and study. It is like being controlled by a huge invisible gear. The education direction led by authorities always prioritizes industry value and competitiveness. They want to create a money-making machine instead of self-exploration and humanism thinking.
“The Analects of Confucius” is the context read. This book affected Asian countries for thousands of years in ethic, philosophy and morality. It controlled our thoughts. I put these two elements together to create a space of discussing localization, education, thoughts, and national machine.
Hardware: Books, Wooden board, Iron pillar, Servo motor, IC chips, LED, IR sensor, PC, Speakers.
Software: Max/ MSP, Arduino