The first weekend in October, a constellation of fifty light- and sound-emitting “cloudlets” will fill the central space of Welburn Square. This networked sculpture will begin as an interactive project, built and programmed in community workshops led by the artist team. After it is installed, it will take on a life of its own as the “cloudlets” communicate with each other by exchanging messages of light and sound.
The project will begin with hour-long workshops in which small teams will use hardware, software and special tools specifically designed for this project to build the cloudlets. Each team will also decide how to program how its cloudlet to accept and receive message, so that each of the fifty cloudlets will have its unique way of interacting with each other and the surrounding activity. The animation of the Cloud will grow cumulatively as more people participate in its making and activation.
The Ballston BID is partnering with the Virginia Tech Research Center on this bringing this project to life. People who live or work in the Ballston area are invited to participate in the community-building workshops that will construct the Cloud. The work will be located in Welburn Square, a public park in Ballston, and culminate in an outdoor public event of light and sound on the evenings of October 2 and 3, and will then be displayed in the lobby of Virginia Tech National Capital Region building on Glebe Road until the end of October.
We are seeking 50 teams of 2-4 people to join us on Thursday, October 2nd in the lobby of 4245 Fairfax Drive to create your own cloudlet under the artists' guidance. No previous technical experience or knowledge is required to participate. As part of a 75-minute workshop and under artists' guidance, each team will be given an opportunity to program the Raspberry Pi microcomputer located inside their assigned cloudlet and by doing so shape its light and sound output, as well as its response to the light and sound stimuli emanating from its nearby environment. If you are interested in participating in this community-building workshop on October 2nd to construct the Cloud, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-664-1194.
The ensuing Cloud will stand as a testament to the community that built it. Come participate, and be a part of your community and its reflection through this unique community-based art piece.
Ivica Ico Bukvic
Suzanne Berry, Ciara Bucci, Hyun-Jun Cho, Corey Crist, Luke Dale, Zihan Hafiz, Zichun Huang, Christina LoConte, Runyu Ma, Siyu Zhang, Ge Zhou (All Architecture undergraduate students)
Zachary Miller (Engineering Science and Mechanics undergraduate student)
Omavi Walker (Computer Science undergraduate student)
Alex Cleveland (Engineering alumnus)
Spencer Lee (Computer Science PhD student)