Pace Digital Gallery and Turbulence.org present WoodEar (Turbulence@PaceDigitalGallery3)
Peter Traub in collaboration with Jennifer Lauren Smith
Opening April 16th, show runs through May 3rd
Commissioned specifically for Pace Digital Gallery "WoodEar,” the installation, expands into the gallery the software that launched on Turbulence in September 2012.
The work attempts to merge the dynamic qualities of the biological network of a tree – roots gathering water and nutrients; leaves using sunlight to produce food; and phloem and xylem moving water and nutrients across the structure – with the digital network of the Internet. A series of sensors attached to the tree stream data on the state of its environment – light, temperature, air pressure, and wind. This live data, merged with images and recordings of the tree’s immediate surroundings, is made audible and visible in the gallery.
Turbulence@PaceDigitalGallery is generously supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts