RFID (radio frequency identification) is a technology that will increasingly become integrated into your life. It is used to identify and track things from consumer products to life forms. RFID tags are small and are getting smaller they have been implanted into solders, credit cards and Wal-Mart is using them to track many products. They may someday be in your food.
I propose using RFID tagged flying maple seeds to enhance the experience of watching them in flight. This RFID system will allow real time data from the seeds dynamic behavior to be collected. I hope to use the tags as RPM sensors and convert changes in rpm into a corresponding audio frequency.
The seeds will be implanted with very small active RFID tags. Each seeds’ tag will emit a unique address as well as real time rpm information to a reader; The RFID tags for this project will need to be custom builds. These RF beacons/sensors will be inductively powered via energy harvesting.
The digital signal representing the seeds speed of rotation will be converted into a corresponding analog audio frequency. Because each seeds rotational frequency changes in the dimension of time its corresponding audio pitch changes with time and speed. The multiple signals imitating from the seeds will create a dynamic audio experience. Audio harmonics developing within the multiple signals will create an other worldly chorus of singing seeds. The audio harmonics will be both dissonance and consonance.
This signaling scenario is very similar to the directional signals that come from specific neutron stars (pulsars).scattered through out the universe.
I gain insight into the world’s workings through practicing art. I don’t believe creating something functional or practical precludes it from being art.
Cicero: Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature
contemporary art beyond the humanities