aluminum, plastic, electronics, twigs, data
The 50 twigs in this installation point in unison in the direction of the oldest piece of human-made space debris currently above the horizon. The debris being tracked is comprised of spent rocket bodies, parts from defunct satellites, and wayward tools launched in missions as far back as 1958. When the piece of debris being tracked drops below the installation's horizon, the twigs go to a rested downward pointing position and await the next debris to appear. The composition is continually changing as it tracks the oldest discarded objects orbiting the earth that enter its point of view. David Bowen is a studio artist and educator whose work explores intersections between natural and mechanical systems. With robotics, custom software, sensors, tele-presence and data, Bowen constructs dynamic installations that interface with the physical and virtual world. The devices he constructs often play both the roles of observer and creator, providing mechanical perspectives of dynamic situations and living systems. The relationships he constructs create a dissonance that leads to incalculable, unpredictable, and changeable outcomes. The resulting phenomenological outputs are collaborations between the natural form or function, the mechanism and the artist.