Nineteen Eighty-Four

"Nineteen Eighty-Four," is an interactive display that shows house address numbers extracted from Google Street View images. The numbers have an immense variety of fonts, colours, textures and styles, as they were scanned by Google from the front doors of buildings from all over the World. The display writes over 22 billion different combinations of the number 1984; these combinations change automatically at a speed that can be set using a dial, from one different image every ten seconds to ten images per second. At the default speed, it will take around 1,000 years for the same combination of images to be repeated. Typing any number onto an onboard animated keyboard starts a fast count-down or count-up until eventually the number 1984 is reached. At that point, the display resumes cycling through different combinations of images to make variations on 1984.

General info

Spanish name:
Mil novecientos ochenta y cuatro
Year of creation:
computer, display, arduino processor, potentiometer, OLED pushbuttons, aluminium and steel frame
44,5 x 133,5 x 13,5 cm (H x W x D)
3 copies + 1 AP copy



  • Guillaume Tremblay and Stephan Schulz - Programming and hardware
  • Julie Bourgeois – Images
  • Jordan Parsons, Karine Charbonneau, Pierre Fournier, Steve Nordhauser – Production assistance