Pond Battery graph visualises the electrical energy generated by MFC (Microbial Fuel Cell) in outdoor conditions during seven month time period from September 2014 to March 2015. Colour coded straight lines connect initial value of each fuel cell with its end value. Work is a part of Biotricity project series an ongoing art and science research project, exploring dynamics of local ecosystems for envisioning the renewable future networks.
Pond Battery is a continuation of Biotricity art-science research project carried out by RIXC – Riga based artist collective. To monitor the bacterial electricity generation process in out-door conditions, RIXC artists use contemporary language and tools of science and innovative technologies. Last summer six “bacteria cells” were installed in the pond of Botanical Garden of University of Latvia in Riga. Live web-cam images and continues measurements of bacteria electricity fluctuations, were delivered live on the Internet, thus making audible and visible the invisible activity of nature – such as was is happening at the bottom of a pond, and which otherwise we can neither see nor hear. Collected data from the seven month long observation of the Pond Battery – from summer to winter, are transformed into visualised data landscapes, video and sound composition, creating sensual and emotional experiences – a poetics of green energy.
Credits: RIXC – production; Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits – artistic concept, visualisation graphics; Aigars Alnis – programmer, technical support.
Art Vilnius 2017, Vilnius, Lithuania, June 2017
Le Festival du Design, Les Arts Codés, Paris, France, June 2016
Transformative Ecologies, RIXC gallery, Riga, Latvia, October 8 – November 22, 2015
Transformative Ecologies, Maison Du Design, Mons, Belgium, August 2015