This work was created in part through the Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab at the University of Minnesota where Bowen is Professor. The installation consists of a series of 126 x/y tilting mechanical devices connected to thin dried plant stalks installed in a gallery and a dried plant stalk connected to an accelerometer installed outdoors. When the wind blows it causes the stalk outside to sway. The accelerometer detects this movement transmitting the motion to the grouping of devices in the gallery. Therefore the stalks in the gallery space move in real-time and in unison based on the movement of the wind outside. The system relays a physical representation of dynamic and fluid environmental conditions.
David Bowen’s work is concerned with aesthetics that result from interactive, reactive, and generative processes as they relate to intersections between natural and mechanical systems. tele-present wind consists of a field of x/y tilting devices connected to thin, dried plant stalks installed in the gallery, and a dried plant stalk connected to an accelerometer installed outdoors. When the wind blows, it causes the stalk outside to sway. The accelerometer detects this movement, transmitting it in real time to the grouping of devices in the gallery. The stalks in the gallery space move in unison, based on the movement of the wind outside. Bowen says of his work, “I produce devices and situations that are set in motion to create drawings, movements, compositions, sounds, and objects based on their perception of and interaction with the space and time they occupy. The devices I construct often play the roles of both observer and creator, providing limited and mechanical perspectives of dynamic situations and living objects. The work is a result of the combination of a particular event and the residue left after the event.” His work thus offers an imperfect and revealing transposition of data. “In some ways, the devices are attempting, often futilely, to simulate or mimic a natural form, system, or function. When the mechanisms fail to replicate the natural system, the result is a completely unique outcome. It is these unpredictable occurrences that I find most fascinating. These outcomes are a collaboration between the natural form or function, the mechanism, and myself. This combination can be seen as an elaborate and even absurd method of capturing qualified data. I see the data collected in this manner as aesthetic data.”
Born in the US in 1975. He is an award winning studio artist and educator. His work has been featured in numerous group and and solo exhibitions and publications nationally and internationally. He received his BFA from Herron School of Art in 1999 and his MFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 2004. He is currently an Associate Professor of Sculpture and Physical Computing at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
Solo exhibitions at Cohen Gallery/Brown University, RI, Minnesota Museum of American Art/MN, Mattress Factory of Contemporary Art/Pittsburgh, l’assaut de la menuiserie/Saint-Etienne, France, Minneapolis Institute of Arts/MN, Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk/Belgium, Esther Klein Gallery/Philadelphia, Laboratoria Art + Science Centre/Moscow, Soo Visual Art Centre/Minneapolis, Vox Populi/Philadelphia, PA. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions at such venues as: Centre for Art & Media/Germany, Eden Project/ Cornwall, CAFA Art Museum/China, MAK Austrian Museum of Contemporary Art/Vienna, Beall Centre for Art + Technology/LA Centre for Contemporary Culture/Barcelona, Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum/Shanghai, The National Art Gallery/Tokyo, EDF Foundation/Paris, Copernicus Science Centre/Warsaw, Le CENTRE-QUATRE/Paris, ZKM Centre for Art + Media/Germany, Inter/Access/Toronto, Awards include DinaCon, Pier 9 Artist in Residence, CA Mattress Factory, residency and commission, 2014/15 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship, Minneapolis, MN Artist Initiative Grant,18th Japan Media Arts Festival, Jury recommended work, Tokyo 2012 Prix Ars, international Cyber Arts Competition, Ars Electronica, Linz 2011 The Arctic Circle, The Farm Inc., New York, NY Alternative Now: 2011 WRO Biennale, Wroclaw, Poland Internet of Things Award, Editors Choice: Best Networked Art Transitio_MX 04, Honorable Mention, New Media Art and Video Festival, Mexico City Artist Initiative Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board, St. Paul, MN 2010 13th Japan Media Arts Festival, Grand Prize Art Division, Tokyo Vida 12.0 Art and Artificial Life International Awards, third prize, Madrid 2009 Siggraph Artist in Residence, New Orleans, LA 2008 Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, fellowship and residency, Omaha, NE 2007 Joan Mitchell fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT 2005 Sculpture Space, fellowship and residency, Utica, NY 2004 The Drawing Center Viewing Program, New York, NY