The HyperDrone (Seismic Hyperdrone) is a networked sculpture developed to be situated in a public space - here tested at Wysing Arts in Cambridge. Constructed as a tensegrity form, using 6 metre aluminium scaffold poles and a section from a Radome (discued satellite cover), data was translated into sound that generates acoustic waves that can be heard and felt through the air and ground surrounding the sculpture. In the course of documenting the Hyperdrone it was discovered that the standing waves affect the optical sensor of the camera recording it, generating waves through video recordings.
The sculpture for this experiment uses data captured as part of a network of seismic sensors situated across the surface of the entire planet. The data was obtained from the Atomic Weapons Establishment Blacknest, Reading UK, which is part of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) ctbto.org/photos/#ctbto_gallery_14362/1 which monitors the ground for nuclear scale explosions across most countries in the world. This data is now contributing to other systems, such as early warning earthquake and tsunami alerts data.
The sculpture was a prototype for a Hyper-sculpture. That is, this would be one instance of a single node that would act in relation to an entire network of other hyperdrones. Conceived in relation to the 'hyper' object' (Timothy Morton), that is, a form which is too large (in scale of space/time etc), or too small in scale (of visibility etc), to be perceived by humans without the use of scientific systems, the sculpture addresses global networks of information through a sensory experience.
The CTBTO network was created for the purposes of maintaining peace through an International Treaty which bans nuclear weapons development and testing, and is an example of what can be achieved through cooperation, even if the positive contributions it now makes to seismic monitoring of natural events (earthquakes, tsunami) are a side effect of its true intention.
The project was conceived by Neal White of Office of Experiments and developed with Rob Smith and Anna Troisi.
|Date||23 Jul 2015|
|Image credit||Rob Smith|
|License||CC BY 2.0|
|Place of publication||Wysing Arts, Cambridge|
|Web address (URL)||http://o-o-e.org/fieldwork/on-experiment/hyperdrone-wysing-2015/|