Internet based artwork by Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum
realized in collaboration with
Internet of Cars
A Distributed Exhibition
Produced by the Sixth Sense Transport, a EPRSC Energy / Digital Economy funded project.
Imagine yourself standing between two screens. In your left ear you hear the hooting of cars, the silent whisper of numbers as a siren calling upon sailors, going back and forth, while in your right ear the sluggish blowing of a sea tankers horn sounds, the murmuring of heroic names. And in both ears you hear this other, constant noise. Is it the sea you hear or is it the sound of a highway? There is no way to distinguish other than by seeing or imagining, because both are in E flat. Meanwhile on the left screen the upbeat swelling of lights make you want to get out of the way, whilst the horizontal scrolling bars on your left combined with its meditating sound keep you clamped to the ground. There’s no escape...
“Fronting Motion” consists of two screens and two stereo soundscapes facing each other. The installation is designed so that it easily can be presented in several forms, depending on duration of the presentation, available space and presentation equipment.
The work will be available from May 1 2014 on. It is based on two streams of live data: one coming from number plate recognition cameras along the A354, Dorchester Weymouth. The other stream will come from the vessel tracking system around the Nearby Southampton harbour both in the UK.
Both data streams will be translated into a stereo sound stream and a corresponding visual stream.
Each stream will be broadcasted through its own url, which makes the piece technically very simple to present and flexible to any given space.
Directors from 6ST for Internet of Cars: Dr Tom Cherrett, Transportation Research
Group, University of Southampton; Dr Chris Speed, Edinburgh College of Art,
University of Edinburgh.
Consultant Curator and Project Manager
Helen Sloan, Director, SCAN