Gathering Lore

interactive video installation
2008

Gathering Lore uses real-time sensor data from a locally installed weather station to interface with a database of imagery, iconography, and text that acts as a bridge between technology and historical/cultural folklore and myth. Our electronic systems of gathering environmental information are not that different from the weathercocks and Cape Cod glasses of yesteryear – only more precise. However, our increasing reliance on electronic sensation is dulling the remnants of our ‘sixth sense’. This folklore, based on observation and experience, is in essence a dialogue with nature. It is a conversation in which we are losing fluency, perhaps even affinity for. The need to understand and adapt to the changing weather of our world has never been greater.