The work dwells around a physical matrix of 192 motor-driven fans activating sheets of common stationary paper along a two-dimensional grid. Acting as a sort of pixel-based video image synthesizer or display, the matrix permits the specification of a rich and complex interaction between sound, video capture and performative gestures. The voltage of each individual motor can be controlled separately, allowing the horizontal position of each sheet of paper, thus the representation of any sort of “crude” images.
On another level, the work draws its material from three sources a priori exterior to the world of sound: paper, wind and time. The music, coming from improvisation workshops, seeks to celebrate the sonic properties of these materials by being oriented towards noisy environments, where pitches are irrelevant. Finally, the work inherits from a strong appetite for overloaded sonic environments, where the auditor's attention is strongly sought.
This data visualization of Air Traffic in Europe was created from real flight data. It shows the air traffic which flies on a typical summer day and highlights the intensity of the operation in Europe - an operation which runs 24x7x365.
NATS and the UK are at the heart of the operation. With Heathrow as the busiest international airport in Europe, and Gatwick as the busiest single runway airport in the world, we play a key role in ensuring air traffic under our control in European airspace is as safe and efficient as it can be.