Flow, 2018

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Flow, 2018

Processing program, Microsoft Kinect, screens, Raspberry Pi

Comprised of a network of computers and Kinect sensors, the installation continuously collects, transmits, and visualises data about the movement of people within it’s surrounding environment. Each node on the network collects this data via a Kinect sensor, and instantly transmits it to a machine elsewhere in the building/space, where it is used to generate a drawing – a visual re-presentation of movement in a specific location. Each node also transmits to a central machine, in which all of the data is used to generate one image. The viewer cannot directly witness their effects upon the artwork but they are, however, able to observe the results of the movement of others elsewhere in the building. People located at the first floor entrance can witness the result of people entering the building via the ground floor entrance, for example. The state of the artwork is entirely dependent on its surrounding environment, and therefore the people (or lack of) within it.

Flow was developed during a 6 month residency with Wigan Libraries, and was exhibited at Wigan Life Centre before going on to be exhibited in Technology: Past and Future, an exhibition by Quays Culture in partnership with the University of Salford.