More Detail: A tree is a biological network: roots gathering water and nutrients, leaves using sunlight to produce food, and phloem and xylem running throughout to move water and nutrients across the structure. WoodEar attempts to extend the dynamic qualities of this biological network into the digital network.
A series of sensors attached to the tree stream data on the state of its environment – light, temperature, air pressure, and wind. This live data is merged with photos and recordings of the tree’s immediate surroundings into a generative application/installation.
By downloading and running the application, anyone can access the live environmental experiences of the tree – one that may be very distant from them, but that still shares the same air, sky, earth, and water.
For more detailed information on how WoodEar works, please visit the documentation page.
Credits: Thank you to Helen Thorington and Jo-Anne Green of Turbulence for their continued support. Thank you to Judith Shatin for her [most welcome] continued advice and interest in my work. Thank you to Joe Adkins and Jennifer Lauren Smith for your invaluable advice on the visual aspects of the piece. Thank you to J.J. Cohoon for designing the WoodEar application logo gratis! Finally, thank you to my wife Jaimee for giving me the time, space, and support to finish this project in the middle of raising a kindergartener and a newborn.