Æther Echo


Æther Echo is an interactive installation composed of two mirror modules offering an augmented reflection of the surroundings by the use of LEDs placed inside the object, glowing through the 2 ways mirror and from which emanates a generated sound composition. The balance between the reflection of the mirror, the light pattern and the sound are changing along the day depending on the ambient luminosity and the intensity of the patterns.

The audiovisual content is generated based on the environment in which the module is shown: local meteorological data which is fluctuated through the prism of the sun and moon phase. The human component is measured locally through sensors and globally by analyzing its relationship with nature as claimed on social media. The data collected is gathered and redistributed through a horizontal shift inspired by Philippe Descola's identification modes, theorized in the work “Beyond Nature and Culture”.


The work aims to integrate the human element within the natural environment by recomposing the picture of their gathering. The visitor and its surroundings are more or less reflected depending on the gap left in the generated visuals and the mirror form is used to unify in an image the environment and the subject who presents itself in front of its surface, while giving us a theoretical separation between the “real world” and its constructed representation. The augmented reflection comes as an intermediate vector of interpretation: a mediation between the elements.

SATELLARIUM III


Satellarium III is the latest iteration of the satellariuminstallations series, which is presented in the urban public space with a laser projection.

Space, as the latest human colonized area, is a perfect laboratory to mo Space, as the latest human colonized area, is a perfect laboratory to monitor how humans occupy and handle their environment. Its conquest has been meticulously documented since the first human-made object was sent into orbit in 1957. Nowadays, while there are about 2,000 active satellites orbiting Earth, there are also 3,000 dead ones littering space. How this former unoccupied space is being taken over serves as a mirror to reflect about our habits in our daily environment.



“The space debris orbiting the Earth represents the new technofossils that are exemplary of the epochal changes in Anthropocene.”(J. Gärdebo, A. Marzecova, H. Vikström, Orbital Geopolitics,2014).


The installation tracks in real time space objects that fly above the location of the event and represent them with a dynamic visual laser projection and immersive soundscape in the urban space. Audiences can access the generated sound composition and complementary information and graphics through a video live stream, reachable from
their own smartphone.





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.