The hybrid performative system is a software artwork that both enacts the data which it sources from the satellite hardware, and simultaneously represents itself as a complex and ultimately manipulated set of outcomes. As data streams into the system, the artists actively perform and control, improvise and cajole. Interpretation is foregrounded and transcoded into new experience, a feedback loop of causality, perception and representation.
solar wind harp
With this artwork we explore the speculative relationships between aesthetic and functional mappings of data extracted from quantitatively robust sources as sites of potential meaning and possible interfaces between disciplines. The Solar Wind Harp demonstrates, and questions, how mappings work, not only within the hardware of DSCOVR, but between a large spectrum of available scientific data and artistic explorations.

solar wind harp

A storm from the Sun, aurora as seen from space, and aurora as seen from the Earth. Images courtesy of SOHO (ESA & NASA)