“tele-present wind” by Artist David Bowen

A brilliant installation by artist David Bowen which reproduces the movement of wind using realtime data collected from a series of mechanized stalks. Basically, 126 x/y tilting mechanical devices are attached to dried plant stalks installed inside a gallery while parallel stalks are connected to an accelerometer installed outdoors. The accelerometer detects the swaying stalks outside and transmits the motion to those inside the gallery, resulting in a strangely beautiful unison of movement in real-time.

The latest iteration of the installation at Azkuna Zentroa cultural centre in Bilbao, Spain actually uses data from an outdoor location near the Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab at the University of Minnesota, effectively transmitting and replicating the wind blowing halfway around the world. See more images and video from the project below!

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