A kinetic sculpture controlled by a data stream. It draws information from the movement of the water in the Pacific Ocean. The wave intensity and frequency is being collected on an ongoing basis from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data buoy station No. 46246 (49°59’7″ N 145°5’20” W). It is then scaled and transferred to the mechanical grid structure located at the exhibition venue. This work physically replicates a remote experience and makes observation of the natural wave movement of water in a distant place possible through direct communication.
David Bowen (born 1975), received his MFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN and his BFA from the Herron School of Art, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN. He is currently an Associate Professor of Sculpture and Physical Computing at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He has shown, among others, at Laboratoria Art & Science Space, Moscow, The National Art Center, Tokyo, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, Silver-Echo Gallery, Los Angeles, and Mediacity Seoul Biennale. Bowen’s work is concerned with aesthetics that result from interactive, reactive and generative processes as they relate to intersections between natural and mechanical systems. His work “tele-present-water” was awarded of the Biennale WRO 2011 Alternative Now.