Steve Heimbecker - Wind Array Cascade Machine
  Year :   2003
  Location :   Canada
  Worktype :   Installation
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Meduse, Quebec City

  Work Details  
  A 64 channel kinetic wind mapping and network diffusion system. Inspired by the wave patterns of the wind seen flowing across the summer wheat fields of the Saskatchewan prairies, each of WACM’s 64 motion sensors move and bend very much like stocks of wheat. At 10 samples per second, the 2 meter tall wheat stock sensor units record the velocity (amplitude) of the wind by measuring the tilt of the sensor as affected by the force of the changing wind. Wave pattern and direction, a bit like falling dominoes, are captured using the entire WACM network. For Heimbecker, these wave patterns metaphorically represent the movement of sound (sine) waves in space, and like sound are infected by the architecture of the space that it exists in. The data generated by the WACM can be recorded and archived like a photograph, or can be streamed over the WWW to Heimbeckers installations built for the WACM data set. The WACM series of installations are: POD (2003), Signe (2005), Paravent (2006), and the Turbulence Sound Matrix (2007). The WACM is typically installed on rooftops and covers an area of about 10 meters by 10 meters.