We've been hard at work on our final installation for Swale, tentatively titled: The Archive of the Ecological Future. The Biome Arts Core Team has been coding: (a.) a data visualization of wind speed and direction to be projected onto the hanging fabric in the structure, (b.) an archive of all the plants on Swale, paired with the political entities that have either participated in the project and/or who embody the principles that Swale seeks to promote and (c.) a set of LEDs installed in the pit of the structure, which visualize soil moisture. Together, these three programs create a kind of abstract garden and/or forest where nature and politics are woven together as shape, light and language. The Internet Team, David Castillo, Jaime Tammer and Anna Nigma have been hard at work building (a.) a live data dashboard for Swale, as well as (b.) an online version of our installation (see photographs).
Physical computing parts & audio equipments. We are ready for the next iteration of Core 2.0 🙌
Sally and David are on-site this weekend. Back doors of structure are secured. Curtain is more secured (still corners left to do). Next iteration of the central installation has begun. Frames built, pit cleared. Painting, rigging, assembly of frames with tulle + building plastic tarp, installing programmable LED with power is next. Speakers installed.
Hyojin was on Swale today to fix WiFi. T-Mobile account is set up. Online payment enabled. In process of fixing the soil sensor pods.
Sally is aboard Swale, chihao is in Taipei, Brian is in Providence. After an hour of troubleshooting via FaceTime call, Skype call to T-Mobile customer service, the sensor network is back on after a reset of Raspberry Pi and the WiFi hotspot.
Saito is coordinating with data specialist Jaime Tanner, web developer Ana Nigma, and web developer David Castillo in order to create a website that tracks all Swale's data in real time.
The website may contain Saito's social media robots, which can scan the twittersphere around the barge and notify interested parties of Swale's location and on-going events.
Saito is also discussing the feasability of implementing a crypto coin with Pamela Pascual.
We are meeting twice every week on Monday and Thursday (EST) to push Eco_Hack forward.
Sally, David and chihao are meeting over the Internet today. We are discussing ideas to keep plants inside the Greenhouse Theater irrigated properly while we cannot physically be there all the time.
Sally is giving us updates on programming, including coordinating dates, technology, and PR.
Saito is on site with Sally, Rebecca, Hyojin, and Nupur to review the technology platform we have built so far. We want to make sure that contributing/participating artists in the coming months have our support to take advantage Greenhouse Theater and the technologies embedded within to make their work.
Biome Arts is meeting on the Internet today. We are switching gear to long-distance organization, recruiting satellite members and project contributors who lives in New York to support Eco_Hack 2016 on site.
Friends at Eyebeam is on site today for an interview with Mary and Biome Arts.
chihao is leaving New York today.
Core 2.1 /
chihao is on site to complete the fabric installation.
Adjustments are made to the sensor network setup. Xbee receiver is moved to the tower to allow better singal reception from all outposts.
After last night’s discussion with Saito, chihao is on-site, making the next iteration of the fabric installation today.
Saito and Rebecca are setting up 360-degreen camera for live streaming documentation and modifying code for data visualization and projection.
chihao is deploying and running tests on the sensor outposts today.
Saito and chihao are mounting and setting up projection system after sunset.