“Weather Tunnel” a highlight at Translife


Initiated and organized by TASML and designed by Ma Yansong, “Weather Tunnel” since its unavailing on July 26 2011, has been an attraction of the Translife exhibition at NAMOC. New York Times’ review of Translife opens the article by introducing the “Weather Tunnel“:

” ‘The time-space relationship is changed, or our perception of it,’ Mr. Zhang said. ‘When we talk about time, it is multiple times now. Distance has disappeared because of the network.’

This point is made at the outset by the “Weather Tunnel” installation that stands in the museum’s courtyard. Designed by the architect Ma Yansong, the shimmering white tunnel contains weather-themed works by young artists from universities in China, the United States, Europe and Australia that draw on the same, real-time climatic data from around the globe. (Data is transmitted by custom-made sensors based on those created by Joe Saavedra, an adjunct professor at Parsons, for a project called Citizen Sensor.)

Inside the tunnel, which was uncomfortably hot in Beijing’s blistering summer, a visitor can look through a “Solar Wind Periscope” (Jonas Hansen and Lasse Scherffig) at a visualization of extraterrestrial weather conditions based on information conveyed by radio signals; press a button on the “Weather Inflections” suitcase (Joel Louie, Jan L. Andruszkiewicz, Bryan J. Mather, Kevin Raxworthy, Julian Stadon and Paul Thomas) to hear a sensory-crossing sonification of weather conditions in various global cities; and even listen to an “Electromechanical Solenoid Orchestra & Weather Ensemble” (Benjamin Bacon and Joe Saavedra) that plays surprisingly music composed in real time based on data from the sensors.”

Translife : Media Art China 2011, International Triennial of New Media Art is curated by TASML director, Prof. Zhang Ga.