Environmental data transformer

Part of the series: art &... [3] art and coding

Robin Price

Ends 30 November 2019

Environmental science, coding and audio-visual art are the different aspects in this outdoor project.

This project has had a long germination time, similar to some seeds, some of the need many winters and summers under the surface to finally emerge above ground.
Initially the plan was to install DIY built air quality sensors and climate measuring systems  in PeasPark, North Belfast. The incoming data would then be translated into an interactive sound and image display in form of a sculptural installation, a kind of a visible, audible science.

But this plan later seemed to be to obvoius. How about measuring not the air quality but the amount of love and hate in the environment? As a measurement of wellbeing or indicator of sectarian potential?

Well with clever algorithms and an analysis of keywords of twitter feeds in the close urban environmnet  that could be done.The translation into sound is still to come....

'Through a workshop, local groups will select sounds and imagery that have connotations of both warning and serenity which will form part of the final display. The project connects with the growing concern about our changing physical and emotional climate and works both with scientific data as well as with our subjective understanding of colour, imagery and sounds/music.

Robin Price recently completed his PhD in composition and creative practice at the Sonic Arts Research Centre Queen’s University Belfast. Prior to arriving in Belfast he studied theoretical physics. He also has an avid interest in club music and visuals, which influence the creative aims and aesthetics of his work.
Robin's work centres on interactivity and technological interventions. He alters everyday devices so that the devices can be seen anew. By basing his interactive works on commonly understood objects he gives his audience a shortcut into how his new devices function while challenging the audiences’ old notion of how they should. Robin’s work examines the playful possibilities of old and new (and sometimes specially invented) technologies.


This project is the final part of art &....

About art &....

In this series of 3 projects, PS² will work with specialist practitioners, to curate a project and programme around their subject and the link between art and other practices.. Contemporary art crosses many traditional borders incorporating other disciplines like film, performance, theatre, music, animation, dance… Yet there still are distinctions and hierarchies: who mixes with whom and to what degree? And does this interdisciplinary collaboration really produce new outcomes, valuable for all 'professions' involved? The series initiates collaborations and presents examples and processes of fruitful projects, some will be in partnership with organisations and Festival i.e. NI Science Festival; Art&Design Festival; Ulster University; SARC, Queen’s University.

1. art and craft: Jane Rainy, Nicola Drennan.
2. art and sound- curated by Min Kim
3. art and coding- curated by Robin Price