TIDE CURTAIN

 

A wifi enabled roller curtain for the gallery window that uses tidal data from the nearby NOAA research station, to dictate the level the curtain is drawn. When the tide is high, the shade is drawn to the top, when the tide is low, it extends all the way to the bottom of the sill, and moves incrementally in between.

 
 

[Domestic] early 15c., from Middle French domestique (14c.) and directly from Latin domesticus "belonging to the household," from domus "house," from PIE*domo-/*domu- "house, household" (cf. Sanskrit damah "house;" Avestandemana- "house;" Greek domos "house," despotes "master, lord;" Latin dominus "master of a household;" Old Church Slavonic domu, Russian dom "house;" Lithuanian dimstis "enclosed court, property;" Old English timber "building, structure"), from *dem-/*dom- "build."

Domestication is a definitive line drawn between what is natural or occurs naturally, and structure, both physical and conceptual. It stems from privatization and the construction of boundary lines. The Latin word dominus “master of a household,” -- to dominate a sub, miniaturized landscape within a landscape over which you have total control, unlike the spaces and places that loom outside your door. The domestic landscape has evolved very little through time other than the boundaries themselves have grown much larger, and the spaces far more hermetic. The counterintuitive detail to this is that it is through being “connected” that we distance ourselves even further from our immediate environments. And with the proliferation of “smart” objects that respond to our every to-and-frough, comand, need, and urge to have a coffee, that the human body is less aware of its surroundings.

Tide Curtain plays along with these smart objects -- it connects to the internet and is interactive in its dynamic role in regulating the amount of natural light coming into the space. But instead of responding to the needs of the subject, it’s dictated by the outside force of tidal patterns, allowing something close but rarely ever perceived, to have an effect on the way interior spaces are inhabited. Even when witnessed from the outside of the building, it is easy to recognize whether the tides are high or low, enabling a sensitivity, even more just a moment, of the nearby ocean.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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INSTALATION VIEW
CROSSING BOUNDRIES: ART AND THE FUTURE OF ENERGY
PENDACOLA MUSEUM OF ART, FL

 
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TIDAL DATA FROM THE NOAA RESEARCH STATION
PENSACOLA, FL

 
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TIDAL DATA FROM THE NOAA RESEARCH STATION
PENSACOLA, FL