Datagrove was a commissioned installation for the ZERO1 "Seeking Silicon Valley" 2012 Biennial. For three months is was located in the courtyard of the historic California Theater (home of the San Jose Opera). The Datagrove thrives on information from its urban environment. It renders invisible data and atmospheric phenomena into variable intensities of light and sound. It provides shelter and a place of calm to contemplate data streams from sources near and far. The grove’s luminescent fibers gently sway with the breeze and respond to the proximity of visitors with quiet whispering sonic undulations. It aggregates local trending Twitter feeds from San Jose and then whispers these back through speakers and LCDs displays woven into the Datagrove. It functions as a social media "whispering wall" that harnesses data that is normally nested and hidden in smart phones, and amplifies this discourse into the public realm. 

Datagrove was produced using advanced digital fabrication techniques and integrates a range of custom electronics including sensors, text to speech modules, LEDS and LCDS. The installation is capable of sensing and responding to people in its immediate proximity.

Design: Jason Kelly Johnson & Nataly Gattegno
Team Members: Ripon DeLeon with Osma Dossani and Jonathan Izen, assisted by David Spittler.  Fabrication: MACHINIC Digital Fabrication & Consulting, San Francisco

Commissioned by: ZERO1 (Jaime Austin, Curator), San Jose Public Art Program, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Consultant: Elliot Larson ( created our Twitter trends (xml link)
Technology: Text to Speech Module by TextSpeak, Arduino Mega and Uno, WiFly Shield by Sparkfun, Verizon Mifi, LCD panels by Sparkfun, LEDS by (waterproof RGB strips), IR sensors by Sharp
Dimensions: 17'-2" Wide x 7'-8" Deep x 9'-9" Tall
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3/4/14: Finalist in the Architizer A+ Awards in Architecture+Technology category

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