Boris Petrovsky: The Nixie Mixie Matrix (2011)
The Nixie Mixie Matrix is a kind of intermedia cyberpunk communication machine with very distinct features. 103 neon tubes in different lengths and colours have been woven into a multi-layered, seemingly chaotic, stereometric structure that for users becomes a playable interactive character matrix by illuminated neon tubes. The neon tubes are stretched by rubber expander ropes in a metal tube scaffolding to a light line matrix. Its dimensions are: height 3 meters, width 2 meters, depth 2 meters.Via SMS and special input terminals, users can enter messages of up to 40 characters and read them back as fast flashing, sequential light-line characters which suddenly appear in the “structangle” of lines in a quite stunning matter. Some messages are replied by an automatic web-search-engine-query.