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Bloom

Ken Goldberg, Sanjay Krishnan, Fernanda Viégas, and Martin Wattenberg

In this internet-based earthwork, ground motion along the Hayward Fault in California is detected by a seismograph, transmitted continuously via the Internet and processed to generate an evolving field of circular blooms.

Click the link below to see the full-screen live website (Please allow up to 30 seconds to load):
http://j.mp/Bloom-Art

Special thanks to Richard Allen, Doug Neuhauser, and Peggy Hellweg of the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory for the live data feed from the Hayward Fault seismometer station and to David Nachum, Vijay Vasudevan, Woj Matusek for work on earlier versions, and to Joanne Northrup and Anne Wagner for insights.

Bloom is a current exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art, through June 16, 2013.

 

Videos of Bloom at the Nevada Museum of Art

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Cultural Noise: This video from the opening night of the exhibit shows Bloom reacting not to earthquakes, but to other kinds of vibrations near the seismic station.