permanent light sculpture:
“Synchronised Parking Indicators”
Seán Hillen & Katharine Lamb
a Percent for Public Art commission for Dublin City Council
in the Courtyard of Boyne St. Flats in central Dublin (see maps)
Bob Bushell Ltd.
Stonework by Bobby Blount - Electrical Installation by Tom Mooney
Above: early photoshop impression of the work
Below and Top: Photos of the finished work
|Synchronised Parking: The Concept:||
art project with elements of spoof (or real?) science, comedy and a little
lights offer an expression of the proposed phenomenon and even playfully
suggest patterns for parking.
formed an idea for artwork based on his theory that cars get parked in detectible
patterns and rhythms:
Identical cars 'get' parked together; the same colour and model nose-to-nose
or across the road from each other.
3. A whole street of red or red and white cars sometimes happens.
After a while Sean noticed yellow and white cars often paired, then that
there was also or instead often a green car nearby.
and Katharine developed and executed this sculpture as another embodiment
of the concept:
idea is that the lamps indicate where cars might park. It remains to be
seen if the mathematically-generated random number tables that the controllers
use will show interesting patterns.
some of the local kids
Above: The first handmade prototype opened
showing the arrays of the red, green & blue LED's.
all design work © Sean Hillen & Katharine Lamb, and Ryotek Ltd 2004
The first prototype from RYOTEK. Right: The final layout of the PCBs.
appeared on RTE's 'Open House' TV programme on 15th March to talk about
his work for the St'
Patrick's Day symposium and showed a protoype lamp and discussed the
on Synchronicity & Seriality:
Most people have experienced so-called ‘synchronistic’ events; unusual coincidences which have no sensible cause but have for them apparent significance of some kind.
‘Serial’ events on the other hand tend to have little special significance in themselves but seem to demonstrate paradoxical order in apparent randomness.
It may be that the patterns are there to be seen or that humans have such an urge to impose pattern and order that we see it anyway.
Paul Kammerer (see below) was a biologist who became interested in ‘synchronous’ events and applied the statistical analysis he’d learned from behaviouristic biology.
In one early experiment,
sitting on a park bench he recorded the colours worn by people passing. Analysing
the data gleaned showed clusters and patterns of, in this instance, unusual
is said to be known by insurance actuaries, who work out the probabilities for
insurance companies, and by gamblers who believe that ‘luck’ comes in ‘runs’
and that probability theory is an incomplete description of events.
Paul Kammerer and his “Law of Seriality”:
the beginning of the twentieth century, Austrian biologist Paul Kammerer advanced
his little-known but thought-provoking theory of "seriality."
Kammerer supposed that events, objects, or occurrences of a like kind assemble together in space and time through unknown and acausal means.
Kammerer defined seriality as:
"a lawful recurrence, or clustering, in time and space whereby individual members of the sequence-as far as can be ascertained by careful analysis-are not connected by the same active source."
Where Jung's synchronicity deals with the relationship between subjectivity and the external world, Kammerer's seriality is more concerned with patterns and groupings of objects that occur in the environment.
Many of us have had the experience whereby we encounter a new word for the first time and, surprisingly, we encounter it numerous times after its initial introduction into our lives. For instance, someone rolls off a particularly mellifluous sounding word in conversation, "insouciant," that piques your curiosity but you have no idea of its meaning. Shortly after hearing it the first time, you read it in a book, someone else uses it in conversation-and someone else. This clustering of the word "insouciant" is an example of Kammerer's notion of seriality, and for Kammerer, much to his critic's disagreement, this patterning was not random but meaningful.
Link to another page on seriality and synchronicity
© Seán Hillen, Katharine Lamb 2004