I had recently found a video on a talk given by Nikki Sylianteng. She purposely builds objects that aid reflection and awareness of the physical realm. She sources a lack of friction in networking and user interfaces these days that bypass the joy of the whole experience of interaction. It insinuates that real human interaction isn’t wholly felt until it was worked for and actively sought out.
Using this idea, I decided to build my own simple machine, tackling the issues of instant communication. Although online messaging systems are extremely convenient and have revolutionized the way we interact with each other, it also comes with much criticism in the way that nothing means anything anymore due to the over-saturation of information that we're bombarded with on a daily basis. I wanted to bring back meaning in our communication using time almost as a carrier for our words. Putting our not-so-instant messages on a tactile medium, I hope to experiment with adding meaning back to our words.