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Thirty days of running in place
Basiony produced two of his major art projects using open source programming. The first was Thirty Days of Running in Place, which was presented in the exhibition Why Not in January 2010 in a specially constructed room outside the Palace of Arts in the garden of the Cairo Opera House. The room was enclosed in transparent plastic sheets. In it, Basiony performed daily for one hour wearing a plastic suit, designed especially for this project, that covered him completely with digital sensors to calculate the amount of sweat produced and the number of steps taken while he jogged around the room. The data was then transferred wirelessly to the computer that projected it onto a large screen with a graphic grid and geometrical coloured shapes that changed in accordance with the physiological changes in his body as he moved, creating an interactive relation between the living body and the digital system in an aesthetic manifestation of colour and shape.
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