Vending Machine

Ellie Harrison 2009

An old vending machine is reprogrammed to release free snacks only when search terms relating to the recession make the headlines on the BBC News RSS feed. Visitors are welcome to take the snacks as-and-when this happens. You can find out more about the vending machine on Ellie Harrison’s website.


Vending machine, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, network connection, bespoke software


Data as Culture 2012
July 2012 - March 2013 at the Open Data Institute

2018 at the Open Data Institute

Data Types

Commercial, Identifiable, Real-time, Retrieved, Shared, Social

About the Artist

Ellie Harrison was born in London in 1979 and now lives and works in Glasgow, where she sees herself as a ‘political refugee’ escaped from the Tory strongholds of Southern England. She describes her practice as…
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Vending Machine, Ellie Harrison, 2009