Over the last month we have been writing proposals to produce a large scale installation version of Real Snail Mail where visitors can walk through the enclosure which contains hundreds of RFID chipped snails (Real Snail Mail agents). Portable RFID interrogators will be available for participants to select a snail to carry their email. Displays will output whether that snail is available, if not several agents may need interrogating. Snails’ profile data will be outputted on terminals with delivery times, reports on their performance and predictions. The public can engage with the snails and the system throughout the day – emailing, feeding and misting the enclosure.
We are waiting to hear the outcome of our proposals and in the meantime we are looking after the hundreds of potential snail mail recruits (pictured above in their hatchery.)