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 Tele-Present Wind

UMD Shares Live Robotic Art with Moscow, Russia

Top: David Bowen, Center and Bottom: The art exhibition in Moscow.

The Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab at UMD is the site of an art project connecting a wind catching installation in Duluth with a performance installation in Moscow, Russia. David Bowen, professor, Department of Art + Design, has designed the international art collaboration entitled, "International Robotic Art: Tele-Present Wind."

Bowen connected an accelerometer device to dried tansy plant stalks outdoors in Duluth to dried tansy plant stalks in a gallery in Moscow Russia. When the wind blows in Duluth, it causes the stalks outside to sway. The accelerometer detects and transmits the Duluth movement in real-time and causes the grouping of devices in the gallery in Moscow to sway as well.

The 21 x/y tilting devices were installed at Laboaratoria Art and Science Space in Moscow, and the sensor was installed at the Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab at the UMD this month, June 2010. The data collected by the sensor is sent via the internet to the installation in Moscow making the components in Moscow respond to the direction and intensity of the wind in Minnesota.

View the accelerometer via webcam until June 28
Visit the website of the Laboaratoria Art and Science Space

For info contact Lisa Fitzpatrick,, 218-726-8093 or David W Bowen,

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NEW RELEASES, UMD media contact, Susan Latto,, 218-726-8830

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