Volume of Emptiness

July 23rd, 2008

‘Volume of Emptiness’ is an installation by John Houck. 35 threads are hanging down from the ceiling, each of them is attached to an electric motor. Those are controlled by an Arduino board, which receives its commands from a Processing sketch. So when the motors start to run, the threads gain a certain volume which subtly shift in size over time. The whole space is then filled with empty volumes.

This project reminds me of ‘Live Wire‘ by Natalie Jeremijenko, a true classic from 1995. It’s also a wire hanging down from the ceiling, but this one displays the activity on a local network.

Volume of Emptiness by John Houck

Volume of Emptiness by John Houck

Volume of Emptiness by John Houck

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