- Lightweeds Kings speech
Living digital plants that move and grow directly along live measurements of light, rain and wind sensors placed outside the building.
A site-specific adaptation of the Lightweeds projection commissioned for the speech of H.M. King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands at the Chicago Cultural Centre, June 2nd 2015, for the occasion of the Dutch Royal US visit and marking the 10th anniversary of the artwork.
Digital seeds that contain the genetic data of a plant species are brought alive by the live data feed from weather sensors placed outside the building.
As the seed grows into a plant depending on actual rain and sunlight and sways in real time wind, it's character is at any time unique to the time and location they are growing in, ever evolving between gentle and intense as outside weather patterns change throughout the days and seasons.
When people pass, the plants tremble and eventually loose their seeds, which pollinate in the direction of passage to create new plants in the locations where most traffic is heading. Like imprints in the sand, the evolving location and density of plants reveal which way the building is used. The hard, static surface of the man-made environment is opened up to become evolutionary again.
A living digital organism that restores an unplanned natural flux to the otherwise perpetual man-made environment.
Nature is becoming rare in daily life. In the way the urbanising world is generally built and planned, our everyday surroundings are increasingly perpetual and static through conditioned climates and 24 hour lighting. When unpredictable natural elements such as a lifting breeze, a sudden shower, or a setting sun are planned out of our surroundings, the timeline of our everyday is lost.
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2005 - 2015
Chicaco Cultural Centre, June 2015