by Lev Manovich
‘Man was created of the Earth, and lives by virtue of the air; for there is in the air a secret food of life…whose invisible congealed spirit is better than the whole earth.”
Big Data has permeated our everyday lives and has become an essential and defining part of the algorithmic era and digital transformation.
By Melanie King
Resonance Space (VR) - Interactive Big Data Sculpture is an Augmented Reality/immersive installation on the topic of global warming. Alexander Peterhaensel created a responsive audiovisual environment: a resonant space which reacts to the presence of the user/visitor. The virtual environment, based on Big Data sets of global weather data, metaphorically and factually representing our world climate, will be thrown out of balance by the presence of the visitors.
Herbarium of Breath
Volcanic ash + air particles from over Europe, silver, earth minerals, ancient plant fossils gilded in 24 carat gold
At the JRC, quantum physicist Constantin Coutsomitros passed electronic pulses through his quantum walks experiment. This experiment involved a laser beam pointed at a crystal. The crystal split the beam into two entangled beams, and the original beam was absorbed by a special filter so that it does not interfere with the other two entangled beams. These two beams were connected and could “feel” the same interference. When one beam is altered, the other beam follows suit. Melanie King's Quantum Oscillographs visually represents the two entangled beams.