Difference Engine 3
1995-1998 • Site-specific installation with bi-directional browsing units, internet connection, custom software • Winner of the Golden Nica, Prix Ars Electronica 1999
The Difference Engine #3 is an interactive, multiuser sculpture about surveillance, voyeurism, digital absorption, and the body. The piece was inspired by Charles Babbage’s original Difference Engine, which is commonly considered the world’s first computer. The original Difference Engine was used to calculate numerical positions. The piece calculates the captured images of users and their position in the physical/virtual space of the Zentrum für Kunst and Medientechnologie (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany.