Ebb and Flow

The IMC Lab + Gallery is pleased to present “Ebb + Flow”, a solo exhibition by Daniel Baker.

This exhibition is the result of Baker’s nine month participation in IMC’s Co-Create residency program, which pairs artists with technologists to enable the creation of new participatory and socially conscious art forms.

During his residency at IMC, Baker has created a kinetic, data-driven network of motors and pulleys to create a visualization driven by the orbit of the moon and the ebb and flow of the tide. Data, collected from weather buoys around the globe, stream in real-time to a system of physical computing electronics to raise and lower “floating” pieces of seatrash collected from various lakes, rivers, and oceans.

The seatrash has been cast in resin, to preserve its current physical state and give it a rigid, durable plastic structure. Each sea trash sculpture corresponds to a specific weather buoy, in locations such as New York City, Anchorage, Honolulu, New Orleans and Seattle.

As the moon orbits the earth, sea levels rise and fall, causing the sea trash to ebb and flow with the tide.

See what Arshake had to say about the project.