An ADC (analog to digital converter) with an input sampling rate of 10 to 100 million volts and an output resolution of 6 bits. Situated in the wilderness, the machine is attached to the highest tree of a given area in order to attract lightnings during thunderstorms. Evenly distributed electrodes are placed around the tree with specific crescent gaps to induce high voltage sparks, thus producing binary signals activated in accordance to the lightning’s voltage. The machine outputs 6 binary values that are visualised by the burning of inflammable materials placed between the electrodes.
Looking inside the black boxes of digital technologies, an assembly of different components and materials perform complex calculations in increasingly shorter times. Could the wiring of natural raw materials perform operations as fast and complex as digital black-boxes? By the assemblage of primitive materials to perform a common operation of digital technologies, the project intends to speculate about modern knowledge outside of its dependency to modern industrialised materials. Sticks, rocks and straws instead of copper, silicon and plastic. Lightning strikes and trees instead of alternating current and power plugs.
Year of production and release: 2015.Co-created with:Mariana Basso.Project developed at the University of the Arts Bremen (Digital Media Program).Conceptual support: Prof. Ralf Baecker.