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April 27, 2015

Newcastle tech centre to collect weather data

Artists installation to create 3D displays.

By CBR Staff Writer

Artists Mark and Victoria will present an inflatable structure inspired molten glass, which will use data collected from by weather sensors to create 3D projections and sculptural visualisations at The Late Shows, to be held at ‘The Core’ in Newcastle, UK.

The Core is a building at Newcastle’s Science Central, which consists of serviced office and events space for science, technology and knowledge-based businesses that work on themes related to future cities.

It is part-funded through the European Union Regional Development Fund 2007-2013 (ERDF) and Regional Growth Fund and Newcastle City Council.

This will be the first time ‘The Core’ will host the Late Shows, which takes place across several locations across Newcastle and Gateshead.

According to Artist Mark the inflatable structure is inspired by the glow and malleability of molten glass, and the qualities were transferred onto a human scale to reflect the variability of social interactions.

The artist use ripstop nylon material to create a fabric sculpture that replicated qualities of glass, and will allow participants to interact with and physically enter into the structure.

Mark added: "While visitors are inside the enigmatic glowing form, their shadows project dark silhouettes on the outside of the sculpture.

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"These shadow puppet-like silhouettes are visible to outside spectators and reveal compelling distortions of the activities going on underneath the biomorphic fabric structures.

"We are working with Paul Watson’s Cloud Computing Research Group from Newcastle University to make works inspired by various projects of theirs that use data gathered by weather sensors throughout the city and both wearable and static sensors within the Core building that are generating location tracking data."

"We were drawn to participate in the Late Shows because of The Core building, in particular the diverse technological emphasis of the research projects and businesses based there", Mark added.

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