those who observe the wind … (2015)

Those Who Observe the Wind . . . is a sonic meditation on the unpredictable movements of the wind. Through sound, the installation reveals an inescapable connection to our environment by invoking, as Aeolian instruments have, the resonant voice of the wind. In arguably the most tumultuous times for our ecosystems, perhaps a closer observation of the wind will better align us to the motion of Nature’s ever-changing melody.


May21 – July1 2015
Jack Straw New Media Center





Installation View



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3D models of resonator and installation space


Sequencer for real-time collection of wind data and control of boxes in gallery space
(weather data collected from wunderground station KWASEATT323 at the intersection of 45th and Roosevelt Ave in Seattle – LINK)


Click HERE to DOWNLOAD the PODCAST OF THE PROJECT – interviewed by Steve Rowland at the Jack Straw recording studios. or listen HERE

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 21, 7pm
Artist Talk: Friday, June 19, 7pm

Jack Straw Cultural Center gratefully acknowledges City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsFund, and individual contributors for their support of Jack Straw Artist Programs. This project was also supported by the Singapore International Foundation.Those Who Observe the Wind . . . was developed at DXARTS, the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media at the University of Washington, and is supported by a grant from the Singapore Internationale Arts Foundation.

Jack Straw New Media Gallery
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle 98105


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Light-activated string instrument that was designed by the artist and put together by visually-impaired youth at the Jack Straw New Media Center Workshops.

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In June 2015 Jack Straw and Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences (AVIA) presented a pair of accessible workshops at Jack Straw in conjunction with Joel Ong’s New Media Gallery installation Those Who Observe the Wind . . ., which incorporates sculpture, sound, and data-triggered electronics.

Over two consecutive weekends, sighted and visually impaired students from Seattle and around the region participated in hands-on art and sound workshops with Joel and Jack Straw teaching artists. The installation was audio described for the visually impaired by Jesse Minkert of AVIA.

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