BLOOM
Ken Goldberg, Sanjay Krishnan, Fernanda Viégas & Martin Wattenberg

In this internet-based Earthwork, unpredictable live movements of the Hayward Fault are detected by a seismograph, transmitted continuously via the Internet, and processed to generate an evolving field of circular blooms. The size and position of each bloom is based on real-time changes in the Earth’s motion, measured as a vertical velocity continuously updated from the seismometer. Referencing landscape painting and abstraction, Bloom creates a sublime experience of the growth and fragility of the natural world.

Image of BLOOM in the Nevada Museum of Art media gallery. Photo by Jamie Kingham.