PoS

2004

dot-matrix receipt printer, internet connection, control box containing programmable microcontroller and web server

PoS is a set of equipment and software that can be deployed in several possible configurations, each outputting a type of electronic communication through the particularly insistent speech pattern of the common dot-matrix printer.

A dot-matrix "point-of-sale" receipt printer and a control box containing a programmable microcomputer and web server, are connected to the internet to receive various types of data, ranging from a train of thought from a single person, to anonymous posted texts, to narratives or conversations. The hardware also has several possible installation configurations.

PoS shares some themes and technological solutions with other works of mine such as Prayers (1999), Relay (2004), and for you (1999). Like Prayers it gives ephemeral form to information flowing through our daily transations. PoS uses the mundane equipment of everyday commerce to give speech to private thoughts like Relay, though the latter specifically references systems of navigation and transportation. A previous internet project, for you, specifically requested members of the public to submit fortunes to be received by future visitors to the site.

Technical assistance by Gordon Hicks

Catalogues & Books: Dave Dyment, Germaine Koh: Stall, 2004. Read

Germaine Koh, PoS, 2004, dot-matrix receipt printer, internet connection, control box containing programmable microcontroller and web server.