Adaptation: Fountains

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Category: Environment+Data
Artists: Justus Harris (US), Eric Dolores (MX)

About the artists:

Justus Harris is an artist, technologist, and expert patient working across disciplines to understand the body and health monitoring inspired by using continuous monitors for his type 1 diabetes. Justus’ work has been featured at Stanford School of Medicine, Theorizing the Web NYC, and was the inaugural Maker in Residence at the Harold Washington Chicago Public Library Maker Lab. He is a portfolio reviewer at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and alumni of the BA, Visual and Critical Studies program. As an active collaborator with medical professionals, he led doctors in a 3D medical data visualization venture at The University of California San Francisco entrepreneurship program. He will continue his 3D data visualization work in residence at the prototyping innovation center mHUB in Chicago this coming fall. Justus has participated in five artificial pancreas research studies and is co-authoring a patient perspective paper with doctors from the University of Chicago.


Eric Dolores is a PhD in Mathematics and graduate of Northwestern University. He has organized art exhibitions around gender crimes as coordinator of the artist group yosoy132international in Mexico, Chicago, and at VerdensKulturCenter in Denmark. He represented the organization at National Student Power Convergence in Wisconsin, US. Eric is a civic hacker at Chi Hack Night in Chicago and is currently teaching high school computer science, robotics, and statistics using project-based methods including local environmental monitoring and visualization.


About the project:

The Fountains installation draws on open data sets of water pollution selected from specific locations around the globe to create data visualizations that transform the 3D scanned, virtual skin surfaces of people’s bodies to reflect the quality of their local water sources. The installation features audio recordings of interviews of people adversely affected by water pollution, as well as people living with fair water conditions. The audio of each person’s interview will match up with their corresponding virtual bodies as their skin textures transform.

The virtual bodies take form as sculptural video projections, rotating from one virtual body to the next in harmony with the changing water sources. Real-time turbidity data readings from the Great Lakes region in the US are fed to the AGILE gateway and provide an ever changing sound score.

About the other projects:

  • Still Touchable? questioned our relationship with objects in a near future
  • E-Camera – enriched our photos with our own emotions
  • Floral Automaton –  mimicked biological processes of our surroundings
  • IVI project – architectural experimental design
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