All that is Data Melts into Air was shown as part of the exhibition Recovering Data Remains: (Re)Working Knowledge, curated by O'Connell and White with US artist Daniel Peltz.
The exhibition was part of a wider 5 day event; DATA Transpositions, funded by the Austrian Science Fund. This event brought together International artists, speakers and researchers through a mixture of performances, academic talks and tours across Stockholm.
O'Connell and White's work was commissioned following Whites presentation of his collaborative work with Office of Experiments (with Rob Smith and Anna Troisi) exploring seismic data, at DATA RUSH, at the Angewandte space in Vienna in 2016. The work was reviewed by a panel, because of its integration with the Data Transposition events aim, to explore the vision and methods of artists working with data.
The project and events were based on an 18 month inquiry, with visits to Stockholm, and was specifically focussed on the use of scientific data obtained by Office of Experiments from the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation, examining how context informs the objective reading of data and its relationship to interpretation when undertaken by the artist. In this case, the issue of deep time.
Neal White and Tina O’Connell collaborated on research that explored the situated nature of data. They developed a technique to produce light-paintings made in the nearby decommissioned nuclear reactor hall - R1, set 20 metres below KTH University in Stockholm. Working in the R1 these images were created from seismic data obtained from a global sensor array, and converted into light based read-outs using custom built hardware made by electronic engineer Erik Kearney. Research was also conducted through a thorough chemical analysis of a cement core taken from the former reactor space by Reading University led by O'Connell.
'All that is Data Melts into Air' linked the space of Fargfabriken to the subterranean space of R1, and was visited in a guided tour, supported/marked by an artist publication - Deep Architecture of Inquiry. In the R1, visitors were confronted by a massive animated projection of the void where the reactor had once been. Made by games animators from the National Centre for Computer Animation at Bournemouth University, this aspect provoked further questions about artistic interpretation and subjectivity where visual data is supplied by artists to computer scientists.
The artists gave a talk on their research at the gallery as part of the event.
|Date||07 Oct 2017|
|Image credit||Various Details from the project|