This piece was created by using the Habitual Instinct V1 prototype and letting it scan a patio chair for 10 minutes on August 19th 2016. The ultrasonic sensor was reading the distances while it swept around the x-axis between 0 and 180 degrees.
This piece is an archival piece of data that was collected at a specific date and time. It represents the concreteness of physical interactions the moment in history it took place as a tangible representation of an idea or movement's longevity. The piece is connecting the ideas of physical interactions and surveillance with online big data storage it's archival in data centers.
From the 10 minutes of data points, I plotted these in an Processing app to visualize and graph out the data points to help make more sense of them. From here I used the Nervous Systems OBJExport library to export the mesh in Processing to an OBJ file.
I imported the .obj file in Rhino3D and converted the mesh to NURBS. From there I inlayed the NURBS mesh into another model that represented the 3d version of the 8" x 48" piece of Spruce. This gave me the Rhino3D file I needed to take it to the shop.