Shared Space: Seasonal color shift of species succession

Shared Space: Seasonal color shift of species succession

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Closing Reception: September 15 at 4:30PM EST in Mann Library Gallery

Shared Space: Seasonal color shift of species succession

A commission for 2022 Cornell Biennial, Futurities, Uncertain, supported by the Cornell Council for the Arts, Mann Library, and RPI. Plexiglass containers (constructed by Dave Perry) with sensors (python coding by Coburn Wightman).
– Spring (left panel), mud from Beebe Lake amended with ~5% biochar
 Fall (right panel), mud from Beebe Lake

Shared Space is a new installation for the 2022 Cornell Biennial. It references two 19th century paintings by Reizei Tamechika (Japanese, 1823–1864).
– Spring landscape: Cherry Blossoms at Yoshino
– Autumn landscape: Red Maples at Tatsuta River
– The dimensions of these scrolls defined the construction of two plexiglass containers

To fill each frame, I collected mud from Beebe Lake – the swimming hole on Cornell’s campus.
– One painting is straight mud
– The other is amended with biochar – a potential greenhouse gas mitigation strategy

Inside each frame are 7 sensors: 1 thermistor, 3 pH sensors, 3 eH sensors.
– The pH and eH sensors are embedded at three different depths
– All sensors are reporting live biochemical data to the web

There are several goals for this new piece:
– See how biochar affects the pigmentation!
– See how pH and eH change overtime at different depths of the same starting material!
– Remove the front face in October and do some DNA sequencing! Who are the True Authors of these Microbial Landscape Paintings?

This project has had endless helpers, including but not limited to following fabulous people:
– Everyone at Mann Library but extra thanks to Peggy Tully, Eveline Ferretti, Sandra Smith Conrad, Yue Hao, Paul Jensen, Tobi Hines, Tom Trutt, Laura Heisey. Mann is one of my favorite monuments in the world.
– Technical and material support from John Szczesniak, Dave Perry, Ian Bishop, Johannes Lehmann, Annette Dathe, Jaehoon Choi
– Friends and family: I am deeply indebted to my brother Coburn Wightman for all python coding for the sensors. Special winks to Simeon Warner, Kata Boroczky, Nancy Wightman and Kathy High.|
– Thanks also to Tim Murray, Erin Emerson, and Tina DuBois as well as Ellen Avril and the Johnson Museum

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