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‘Nora & Torvald’
By rootoftwo (John Marshall and Cezanne Charles)
Birch plywood, Arduino micro-controllers, sensors, speakers, audio.
‘Nora & Torvald’ embeds sensor-controlled digital media in custom-designed pieces of furniture. The starting point of this work is a re-reading of Henrik Ibsen’s play “A Doll’s House” (1879) to explore user-object relationships.

There is a photocell embedded in the seat of the armchair ‘Torvald’. This sends a message when it registers darkness (i.e. when someone sits down). This triggers a randomly selected line of dialogue (one of ten) from the play to be played as audio. There is an accelerometer in the rocking stool ‘Nora’. When she is rocked this triggers a randomly selected line of her dialogue (also one of ten) to be played as audio.

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‘Nora’ and ‘Torvald’ both use the Adafruit Wave Shield for Arduino Kit.

Sample dialogue (when 2 people are sitting):

T: This time I needn’t sit here and be dull all alone. You have just come at a fortunate moment.
N: It’s wonderful! Wonderful things don’t happen every day. Take this armchair; I will sit here in the rocking-chair.
T: Has anyone been here?
N: What a thoughtless creature I am, chattering away like this.
T: You can depend on me.
N: It will make me so happy to be of some use to you.
T: Don’t disturb me. Look straight at me.
N: I am in a silly mood today. Come and sit down here, and I will show you something.
T: How unreasonable and how ungrateful you are. What sort of madness is this! Can you not understand your place in your own home?
N: What do you want of me? Have you been sitting here waiting for me?
T: I may as well tell you plainly, we were once on very intimate terms with one another.
N: You don’t understand me, and I have never understood you either.
T: Explain yourself better. I don’t understand you. Can I never be anything more than a stranger to you?
N: You must simply listen to what I say. I have existed merely to perform tricks for you.
T: You are right, it has affected us both. Something ugly has come between us. Where are you going?
N: Isn’t there one thing that strikes you as strange in our sitting here like this.
T: Here you shall stay and give me an explanation.
N: Does it not occur to you that this is the first time we two… have had a serious conversation?
T: On the contrary, I feel extraordinarily lively. And you? You really look both tired and sleepy.


et dukkehjem from John Marshall on Vimeo.

There is a little photocell embedded in the seat of the armchair ‘Torvald‘. This sends a message when it registers darkness. The webcam then takes an image. There is an accelerometer in the rocking stool ‘Nora‘. When she is rocked this triggers a randomly selected line of her dialogue to be played as audio. A line of text from the play is also uploaded to the website via Twitter. There is a passive infrared sensor on the underside of the table ‘Krogstad‘. As the table is approached the sensor triggers a randomly selected line of his dialogue to be played as audio. And the lamp ‘Mrs. Linde‘ changes color from white to red.

Thanks to PLY Architecture and Metropolitan Architecture Practice for collaborating with us and designing ‘Mrs. Linde’ and ‘Krogstad’. Thanks also to Michael Rodemer and Sherman Finch for help with coding and electronics. We are also grateful to Trust for Mutual Understanding for supporting our travel to Macedonia and everyone at Line in Skopje for all the help.


et dukkehjem from John Marshall on Vimeo.

This is a video made from some of the images captured by Torvald during the Chain Reaction festival 11-14 September, 2008, Skopje, Macedonia.

The project website was projected opposite the work:


Even when the work was turned off, people still made use of it:

There is a little photocell embedded in the seat of the armchair ‘Torvald’. This sends a message when it registers darkness. The webcam then takes an image. There is an accelerometer in the rocking stool ‘Nora’. When she is rocked this triggers a randomly selected line of her dialogue to be played as audio. A line of text from the play is also uploaded to the website via Twitter. There is a passive infrared sensor on the underside of the table ‘Krogstad’. As the table is approached the sensor triggers a randomly selected line of his dialogue to be played as audio. And the lamp ‘Mrs. Linde’ changes color from white to red. We plan to make the Arduino code, circuit diagrams and CAD files for ‘Torvald’ and ‘Nora’ available on the website.

Thanks to PLY Architecture and Metropolitan Architecture Practice for collaborating with us and designing ‘Mrs. Linde’ and ‘Krogstad’. Thanks also to Michael Rodemer and Sherman Finch for help with coding and electronics. We are also grateful to Trust for Mutual Understanding for supporting our travel to Macedonia and everyone at Line in Skopje for all the help.

‘Et Dukkehjem’ is up and running and open to the public. Last night was the opening.

Setting up was not plain sailing. We had to improvise and install our own power. So there are more extension cords visible than I am happy with. Also, we fried 2 electrical transformers and ended up using locally bought speakers that don’t sound as good as the ones we brought. Anyway, the site is online and you can see updates from Nora and Torvald there: http://www.etdukkehjem.net/

After weeks of work (and a lot of sleep-deprivation) our piece ‘et dukkehjem’ is on its way to Macedonia for the 3rd Upgrade! International Gathering in Skopje, from September 11-14th, 2008. This event takes the form of a city-wide digital art and networked culture festival including exhibitions, screenings, live local and streamed performances and a program of lectures and workshops from over 20 cities across the world. The thematic focus ‘Chain Reaction’ explores issues of cultural development and growth in the local region as well as within digital networks. rootoftwo will also present a lecture titled ‘The Tao of P.O.O (Post-optimal Objects)’ at European University in Skopje. Now we just need to finish the project website…

Karl Daubmann and PLY Architecture‘s ‘Mrs. Linde’ lamp is now interactive. We have used an Arduino, a PING Ultrasonic Sensor and 20 BlinkMs to make it so that ‘she’ changes color when you approach her. The lamp is laser cut from biodegradable paper (the same stuff used for William McDonough’s ‘Cradle To Cradle’). The base and top are laser cut acrylic.

We are running out of time to complete all the work that needs to be done for ‘Chain Reaction‘. Nora and Krogstad are fully functional (Michael Rodemer helped us out with the electronics). According to FedEx the programmable LEDs for Mrs Linde (pictured above) are on the truck for delivery later today. Karl scaled back his ambitions from the illuminated surface he was planning – we’ll do that next time.


Et Dukkehjem Audio Test from John Marshall on Vimeo.

This is Krogstad talking. He is speaking selected lines from the character of Nora (Helmer from the Henrik Ibsen play ‘A Doll’s House’). The project uses the Arduino Wave Shield from Adafruit Industries. The table will get a custom-designed top that will hide most of the gubbings. The next step is to hook the motion sensor into this set up…



Torvald and Nora (shown with prototype Krogstad) are done. We’re now working on the electronics for them. Below is a picture of a test of the electronics for Krogstad:


This version is hooked up with a passive infrared sensor – this might change for the final version.


Et Dukkehjem Audio Test from John Marshall on Vimeo.

This is Krogstad (with a temporary cardboard top) talking. He is speaking selected lines from the character of Nora Helmer from the Henrik Ibsen play ‘A Doll’s House’. The project uses the Arduino Wave Shield from Adafruit Industries. The next step is to add the PIR sensor back into this set up…

Torvald and Nora are now complete. We are now working on the electronics for the piece and on Dr. Rank.

Roger and Kyle have been working on Krogstad:

Karl has been working on Mrs. Linde:

Here is a picture of a test of the electronics for Krogstad:

This version is hooked up with a passive infrared sensor – this might change for the final version.