EPIPHYTES [M496+Q8]



Epiphytes are organisms that grow on the surface of a plant and derive moisture and nutrients from the air, rain, water or from debris accumulating around it. They have no attachment to the ground or other obvious nutrient source and are not parasitic on the supporting plants.

Referring to these organic entities the site specific audiovisual work Epiphytes [M496+Q8] is generated by the climatic conditions around the trees of a forest near Drebkau, Germany.
Six custom made modules are attached to the trees and directed to a central suspended sculpture. Each module is composed of one Raspberry Pi, an Arduino board, sensors measuring humidity, temperature and light amount, a laser pointer and a speaker.





The system behaves like a small network, in which each element plays its role in the generation of the sound and light composition. Here the main inspiration was the invisible carbon exchange trees have through their root network, that link them together with the help of fungi (mycorrhizal network). The sounds produced by each module generate an abstract dialogue between trees covering a path at the forest entrance. Like a living organism, the behaviour of the audiovisual work changes over the time of the day and the passing of seasons, influenced by weather conditions and humidity of the air.

The transparent polycarbonate structure is refracting the light from the sun during the day, while in the night, the laser beams coming from the modules create volumetric views of the light sequences of the installation.



















SOLARIS


Solarisis an artistic enquiry on geomagnetism, nature and space sensing. It is a research project about solar wind and its invisible effects on the Earth magnetic field, aiming to visualize real time data through the means of light and sound.


Solar wind is a stream of charged particles flowing outward from the Sun, through the solar system at high speeds in a state known as plasma. It is responsible for the overall shape of Earth’s magnetosphere; fluctuations in its speed, density and direction strongly affect Earth’s local space environment.
The extent of the solar wind effects is still undetermined, but we know that solar wind has the power to regularly create auroras by its interaction with earth's magnetic field.






In the installation, ever changing visuals and sounds are generated by the intensity and direction of real time solar wind data (RTSW) from the NOAA Deep Space Climate Observatory, a satellite orbiting between the earth and the Sun and primarily monitoring solar activity. This data set is combined with magnetic field data, measured at the exhibition place through a 3 axis magnetometer and used to control the behavior of the audiovisual composition.

The visuals intend to represent wind as a turbulence and interference, connecting the idea of flow of particles with the invisible effects generated by solar activity and the electromagnetic field. The intention is to recreate a parallel between Earth and outer space reversing causes and effects: the geomagnetic noise is here the driving impulse
instead of being the effect.






#Digital Agora

Interactive audiovisual installation
Kinect, Mac book pro laptop, stereo audio system, projector.







    Vienna, June 2016
The Internet has become the most advanced form of public space which ever existed, a digital Agora that aims to abolish all boundaries and include everyone at the same level. The incredible information’s flow of which it’s constituted is provided by a gigantic number of users, with the data they’re consciously providing as well as the metadata which is automatically inherited by their existence.

When entering the room, the visitor is confronted to an endless scroll of text, constituted of a real time monitoring of the most trending topics on twitter. The text is transformed in an unreadable flow due to the incredible amount of data created worldwide, making each voice inaudible.
Walking towards the screen, the shape of the visitors is materialized by particles emerging from the data flow, modeling the individual from the community.
The shape is responding to the movement of the visitor but its structure is constantly changing, reflecting the « plurality » of the individual components.
The visitors of the event can influence their representation by sending a tweet including the hashtag #untaggable.

This work aims to reflect on the relationship between the physical world and its virtual depiction, considering the ephemeral quality of the digital world as a crucial aspect for the viewer’s representation. This virtual environment offers a combination between a depiction of the physical space of the installation, responding to the analog paradigm “here and now”, and at the same time, the digital agora represented by the never ending flow of real time data on social medias.

     










SATELLARIUM

Real time audiovisual installation
4.1 audio system, circular screen, full Hd projector,Mac book pro laptop


in collaboration with Andrea Cucinotta




Satellarium is an audiovisual installation generated by the movement of the satellites above the location of the exhibit. The visuals and the sound are based on the real time satellites position taken by an Internet database and processed with programming tools. The art piece was exhibited at the festival "Nell Arena delle balle di paglia" in Cotignola, Italy and is composed by a white disk suspended in the middle of an empty canal.

The disk represents the fragment of the sky visible from the location where the installation is placed and is imagined to be like a virtual hole on the space above the viewers
The satellites are represented like circles, having a precise diameter and thickness based on the magnitude (actual visibility from earth) of the related satellite. The sound is composed to be interactive with the amount and speed of the satellites passing at the same time and is inspired to the real sounds produce by these space artefacts recorded on earth.

The connection lines between the orbits forms an ephemeral constellation (polygonal solids) generated by the simultaneous passage of the satellites and constantly changing, representing the hidden astronomic presence of these human made objects in the space.