Chris Vecchio spoke at this past Sunday’s Make: Philly event. He’s an artist doing some though-provoking, frequently funny, work centered around the human relationship with technology. Here are some objects from his Meterboxes series.

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Evolution of Desire
Walnut veneer, meter, custom circuitry.
The indicator goes quickly off the scale in the “passion” direction and then over time diminishes.

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No Man Knows the Day or the Hour
5 meters, 5 separate driver circuits, 5 D-cell batteries, walnut veneer case.
Independent of one another, the five needles sway gently back and forth, steadily metering out the life in their respective batteries.

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Sisyphus
Meter with limit switches, discrete flip-flop circuit, quarter matched mahogany case.
In this piece, the circuitry (and of course the meter – acting as a window into the behavior of the circuitry) acts out the myth of Sisyphus. As soon as one side of the discrete flip-flop circuit charges up, the other side discharges it and forces the process to repeat.

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