Echoing the real-time movements of a single dried plant stalk tilting and swaying in the wind outdoors, 126 stalks tilt and sway inside in a wind they’re untouched by. Transmissions from an accelerometer attached to the outdoor stalk—in this case, a stalk installed outside the Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab at the University of Minnesota—move the Bilbao, Spain-based stalk installation in unison, driven by the mechanical devices attached at their bases.


tele-present wind by David Bowen transforms nature’s movements into a digital simulation that synchronizes from across the globe. It’s on display from May to September 2018 at Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao.


The piece builds on his 2011 work tele-present water:

This installation draws information from the intensity and movement of the water in a remote location. Wave data is being collected in real-time from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data buoy Station 46246 (49°59’7″ N 145°5’20” W) on the Pacific Ocean. The wave intensity and frequency is scaled and transferred to the mechanical grid structure installed at The National Museum in Wroclaw, Poland. The result was a simulation of the physical effects caused by the movement of water from this distant location.

Next, watch Windswept, Breaking Wave, A Kinetic Mind, and Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time, No. 2.

Also: Unendurable Line and the synchronization of 100 metronomes.

via Colossal.

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