PURE FLOW [mobile edition] is a mobile artwork by Katy Connor that reveals new perceptions of technological systems, transforming the iPhone and iPad into a Live probe revealing the noise between GPS satellites, 3G networks and Wifi hotspots as a tangible presence in the environment.
Once activated, PURE FLOW visualises these signals as a sliver of fluctuating white noise, responding directly to the movement and immediate environment of the device. The user can directly manipulate the outcomes, by touching the visual and sonic patterns triggered by fluctuations in the data, sampling this immersive and enveloping field.
As an artwork PURE FLOW visualises the instability and fragility of Live signals, passing through cloud cover, being absorbed by bodies, reflecting off concrete and refracting through glass. The APP subverts the use-value of GPS as a surveying and navigational tool; revealing these invisible data streams and highlighting their ubiquity, as sophisticated military technologies become key components in daily life.
-Generates live visuals and sound from invisible data in the environment
-Interactive features allow the user to touch this Live data
-Evolves when idle
Recommended for headphones or external speakers
PURE FLOW [mobile edition] will be launched on September 1st at Brighton’s Permanent Gallery as part of The Brighton Digital Festival 2011. Touring to other UK venues, it will then feature at Plymouth Arts Centre, UK in October 2011.
PURE FLOW [mobile edition] is accompanied by a limited edition print, available from selected galleries or the artist’s website: www.katyconnor.com.
PURE FLOW is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, UK. Produced by Dr Duncan Rowland under the University of Lincoln's UROS Scheme, with software development by Joshua O'Rourke.