Airborne Series

Shadow Box 11
The Airborne series is a set of interactive installations designed to animate literary, scientific, and philosophical texts on the subjects of entropy, complexity, chance and non-linear dynamics. As a viewer stands in front of the work a sensor creates a “heat map” of his or her body and evaporates letters of the text that scroll on screen and which become “airborne”, generating turbulent movements. As the participant moves away the letters cool down and precipitate. The interaction fills the screen slowly, showing tens of thousands of letters, at which point the text fades out, and begins to scroll again from the beginning. The texts animated so far are:

AIRBORNE 1 THE LABYRINTH OF FORTUNE written in 1444 by Spanish poet Juan de Mena

AIRBORNE 2 DISSERTATION ON THE ART OF COMBINATIONS written in 1666 by German philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz.

AIRBORNE 3 NINTH BRIDGEWATER TREATISE written in 1837 by the English inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage.

AIRBORNE 4 ARS MAGNA written in 1305 by the Majorcan writer and philosopher Ramon Llull.

AIRBORNE 5 NEW EXPERIMENTS WITH THE VACUUM written in 1647 by French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal.

AIRBORNE 6 THERMODYNAMICS OF IRREVERSIBLE PROCESSES written in 1955 by Belgian physical chemist Ilya Prigogine.

AIRBORNE 7 PRINCIPLE OF LEAST TIME written in 1662 by French lawyer and mathematician Pierre de Fermat.

AIRBORNE 8 HYPOTHESES IN PHYSICS written in 1902 by French Mathematician Henri Poincaré.

AIRBORNE 9: AUTOPOIESIS AND COGNITION written in 1973 by Chilean biologists Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela.

AIRBORNE 10: THE PROBLEM OF INCREASING HUMAN ENERGY written in 1900 by Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla.
Name in spanish: Al Aire
Year of Creation: 2015
Technique: Computer, 4K UHD flat display, Kinect One sensor, optional anodized aluminum and steel frame
Power: 110-240V, 300W
Room conditions: The piece works with natural or artificial light
Dimensions: Variable screen size, typically 65 in flat screen in portrait orientation
Edition: Each text is 1 + 1 AP
Keywords: indoor, tracker, smoke.
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2016 - Haus der Elektronischen Künste Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2015 - Bitforms gallery, New York City, United States
2015 - Antimodular Research



  • Conroy Badger - Programming
  • Guillaume Tremblay, Carolina Murillo-Morales - Antimodular production