HOUSE. Forces of Invisible Agency 2007
“House” by Stanza, is a dynamic public artwork viewable over the internet. House describes the space, a real Victorian terraced house, in this case, that the artist lives in.
Sensor data unfolds and discloses the inherent properties of the space, creating an online artwork. Data collected through the house represents the living changing flow of the space. The air, light, heat of the physical property is monitored and the data is used for the online real time visualization. The changing sounds of the space are triggered by specially created software into a dynamic generative soundscape. You are allowed into my private space through the uses of new technologies. A special hardware system has been custom installed and custom software created to allow the visualization on the internet.
This work included converging raw data streams to facilitate a new connectedness in online networked virtual space. This was achieved by extending the artist's previous research into real-time information and collected data streams to allow further interpretations on the way data is built, used, and designed. These aims were facilitated by using the newly developed tools and by using the author's newly created online platforms to experience and represent these spaces online that also provide the artistic context. Furthermore this media artwork demonstrate this context by making the affirmation that our bodies and our actions are at all times part of this bigger system which is referred to here as the data space. This was achieved by investigating how these particular spaces can extend the experience of the environment, illustrate temporality, and create a direct connection to our hidden agency in the wider world.
House involves gathering the material, ie, real time pure data from sensors. House is monitored as an environment and made real by the changing data over time.
The form itself is represented by live sensor data from a wireless sensor network. I have set up ten node wireless mote network. (Motes sensor boards Mica 2 with sounder , noise, thermister sensors)
The house itself is made more alive by the objects that move inside and make noise, people for example. But this is not the particapatory or performative element in house, this is embedded in the artwork by default. The sensors themselves are controlling this. The house is made interactive by this element of control.
When we are out of the house the building itself has behavior and so does the surrounding environment. On a smaller micro level things change constantly in "House". Taps leak, networks or connection from inside to outside changes. All these processes reflect the entity that is house. House is not as a bank of memories recast like Whiteread’s house or Michael Landy’s. House becomes a rigid structure that represents its dynamic presence.
An online interface allows participants to mix across and view and interact with the resulting data streams.
Interface Nodes have sounds attached via the sensors. Click to engage.
The interface represents the data coming from various sensors coming across the network.
network: (1) a system or group of interconnected elements; (2) a set of nodes, points, or locations connected by means of data, voice, and video communications for the purpose of exchange.
generative. evolving continuous system of data.
(1) bridge multiple realities while maintaining autonomy;
A network of live wireless sensors is deployed and this collects the data. A wireless sensor network with ten motes and multiple sensors on each data maps the environment. Using Tiny OS and open source software the motes are programmed so that they communicate over the air. Once OATP is established the data is collected and extracted via a router as xml. A unique system for live XML broadcast has to be developed which archives and relays the data to the online systems and interface.
A java and PHP system is needed to relay the live data ie a mote reader. The motereader software developed allows the real time reading of sensors across networks .
Two version of this projects that look the same. One is uses recorded data from the sensors at specific times. The other version uses real time data over the networks and is online when the sensors are connected.
House by Stanza. Concept, sounds, design, visualisation, images, copyright Stanza. Thanks for support from Eamonn Martin and Adam Hoyle. This project was supported by AHRC creative fellowship programme.
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|Stanza (c) made in 2007
KEYWORDS: network, net art , networked, generative, sensor, installation and database, real time audio, visualization, environment.
Example of one of the fifteen mote sensors used in this projects