The Datagrove thrives on information from its urban environment. It renders invisible data and atmospheric phenomena into variable intensities of light and sound. It provides shelter and a place of calm to contemplate data streams from sources near and far. The grove’s luminescent fibers gently sway with the breeze and respond to the proximity of visitors with quiet whispering sonic undulations.
It aggregates local trending Twitter feeds from San Jose and then whispers these back through speakers and LCDs displays woven into the Datagrove. It functions as a social media "whispering wall" that harnesses data that is normally nested and hidden in smart phones, and amplifies this discourse into the public realm.
Design: Jason Kelly Johnson & Nataly Gattegno
Project Team: Ripon DeLeon (lead)
Interns: Osma Dossani and Jonathan Izen, assisted by David Spittler.
Commissioned by: ZERO1 / Art and Technology Biennial 2012
San Jose Public Art Program, National Endowment for the Arts
Photography by: Peter Prato - peterprato.com
All Design, Fabrication and Engineering were
completed by FUTURE CITIES LAB, San Francisco
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