Per Capita

Pure Water Touching Clear Sky

28 September - 2 October 2016

@ Eastern Bloc

  • Vernissage: 28 September 2016, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Opening hours: 29 September - 2 October, 12:00 - 20:00
  • Craig Fahner [CA]

"Pure Water Touching Clear Sky" is a community garden interwoven with networked electronics.


A video feed of the garden is broadcast to twitch.tv, a live-streaming site geared towards competitive video gaming. Many channels on twitch.tv permit viewers to interact with games via a chat interface. In these “Twitch Plays” streams, upwards of hundreds of thousands of viewers can simultaneously control aspects of a game in order to collectively succeed. What emerges is a chaotic democracy, in which consensus emerges through a balance of opposing forces – of allies and saboteurs.

Twitch users viewing the garden’s live-stream are invited to interact with it via a chat interface, activating grow lights and a water distribution system that is fed from a gaming PC’s water-cooling system. The garden responds by chat, reporting its soil moisture and light levels. Within this system, the garden is subjected to a cybernetic ecology based on the allure of social media participation. Participants in this online system may communally support the garden, or drown and destroy it.

Free

28 September - 2 October 2016

@ Eastern Bloc

  • Vernissage: 28 September 2016, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Opening hours: 29 September - 2 October, 12:00 - 20:00