ioNature: Wheat Field is an interactive kinetic installation that is activated by the presence of an audience. As one approaches, the stalks of wheat ripple in waves as if caused by the invisible currents created by the body moving through space. As you move, so does the wheat; you are interconnected.
The entire art installation visually and metaphorically illustrates the connection between the body and nature and the technology used to control it. The installation raises a few questions: What will the future be like when everything is connected? For better or for worse, what role will be we play in using technology to wield those connections? Will technology, which is created and executed by mankind, ever completely control our natural surroundings?
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Peiqi Su and Deqing Sun are interdisciplinary artists based in New York. They explore the intersection of art, design, and technology, with a focus on human-machine interaction. With backgrounds in computer science, electronic engineering and design, they use customized electronics, software, and mechanics as media to host emotions and feelings within the precise, manmade technology. One of their recent projects, Butterfly Effect, used motion tracking and computer generative painting to explore the question: How could individuals impact the world?
More information about their work can be found at http://thinkcreate.us/
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Kendal Henry is an artist and curator who lives in New York City and has specialized in the field of public art for almost 30 years. He illustrates that public art can be used as a tool for social engagement, civic pride and economic development through the projects and exhibitions he’s initiated in the US, Europe, Russia, Asia, Central Asia, Papua New Guinea, Australia and the Caribbean. Kendal believes that the most successful public artworks start with the question, “What is the artwork to achieve?” and takes into account the audience and surrounding environment in the creation of that artwork.
He’s currently the Director of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program and an adjunct professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. He’s a guest lecturer at various universities and educational institutions including the Abbey Mural Workshop at the National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts; Rhode Island School of Design Senior Studio; and Pratt Institute’s Arts and Cultural Management Program.