Documentation of Motion Studies (Prairie). This is the latest of my works exploring the complexities of rhythm, small motions, sounds and the dynamic behavior of natural systems. This piece, which references the dynamic rhythms of grasslands and the rich soundscape and eco-systems found within them, evokes insect sounds, as well as rain, wind, and other rhythms of life within the prairie, enacted within a architectonic minimalism.
The work consist of 36 thin brass rods mounted vertically, each with a vibration motor at the base and a small speaker at the top. A computer program, employing rules for each stem, generates behaviors that cause the speakers to buzz and click, and the “grass” stem to shudder and sway.