Life is what happened while you were waiting for results

Whatever happened, Happened

Rather than visualizing it after the fact, the installation makes the data visualization process as alive as the process it is visualizing.

It creates a visual rhythm, making noticeable the changes in its immediate environment over the course of time. Constantly analyzing its environment, the installation uses the real-time data to produce a graphic that takes as long to complete as the installation is on display, a real-time document of a specific time.

A section of wood, in which the growth rings of the tree it came from is displayed, is an image that itself helps our understanding of time and change, without being manipulated.
If you could see the creation of this image in real time and not once the process has stopped, see it as it is generated, it would force you to rethink how you perceive the changes that occur around you constantly.

Like a tree leaning in the direction of the Sun, these rings expand following the flow of visitors.

The graphic is the only trace left of what happened there, more than a visualization of data, it becomes the data itself.

The software translates this external information measured by sensors into specific real time behaviors of a laser, which engraves concentric rings making up a graph slowly burned on the surface of a piece of virgin wood, representing the movement of the public in the exhibition hall.

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Taking as reference the form of the previous ring, the distance to this variation and its perimeter will then be directly linked to the amount of people in the room and their movements, which also affect the thickness and depth of the ring group generated every day (defined by mild left blank space when nobody’s around).

Exhibition spaces are alive entities, not bare container spaces


It is important that the graph develops slowly over time (moving away from the immediacy of data visualization), as brings it closer to a natural organism than to a computer generated graphic.

The installation certainly reacts to your presence, however the change is so subtle that go unnoticed to the naked eye (thus avoiding direct manipulation by the audience), creating a graph which is derived only from the long-term transit paths in such space.

The resulting graphics are subjective, but legible images of what happened in the vicinity of the installation, merging the influence of your presence at the time of your visit (what you see burning while you’re there), with the vision of the rings generated prior to your arrival (arising from the actions of those who visited the exhibition before you).

Second by second, day after day, the installation continues the analysis of the world around it, creating its unstoppable, unalterable interpretation.