Rhizome Radar

by Peter Nowicki
(Charlestown, MA USA)

Interconnected components becoming art

Interconnected components becoming art

This is good technology but it is expensive to build and maintain, and if it goes down then the service goes down.


Better to scale down the technology and scale up the number of components (participants). This is similar in concept to what flickr did to online images--by having the masses contribute in small amounts, you end up with the same net result, but with more reliability and flexibility in the system as a whole.

Here's how it would work:

Pay participants around the area a small fee to install a microwave camera on their roof. This mini-camera will have built-in GPS and take pictures every X minutes. It will be hooked up to the participants' internet connection through their computer (which they should leave on) and feed the data back to the weather station, which will create a composite picture of the area's weather in real time by pasting together thousands of small images and stitching them together based on their geogrpahic location (from the GPS).

Barry's Response - What is Rhizome, Peter? It is an organization that aims to integrate art and technology while providing a medium to communicate new ideas with each other. They also claim to promote and expose artistic work and to encourage participants to stretch limits and innovate. This covers many of the fundamental purposes of art anyway, but it is probably a good idea to involve many artists and perspectives in the creation of new extensive works.

Can weather observations be pooled to create a massive work of art? Why not?



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by: Capitan

Even though I never have heard about Rhizome radars, the concept did strike my mind and I really do think that it would be a good procedure to track the weather in a particular location. For this, I think the meteorological department can help people in understanding the principle.

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by: PKJ

That image on main page was quite attractive an made me to read the rest of the page. Concept of Rhizome sounds interesting but impractical in some way as well. I dnt think ppl will install a small camera on thier roof.
Though still i would like to know more on this, undoubtedly interesting/fascinating.

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by: Anonymous

Never heard of Rhizome Radar before. Site is very informative for those interested in weather.

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by: Anonymous

you have to show that rhizome radar is worth the money that is needed to start up the system. it does sound very interesting, but i really would need to see a good demonstration of it before i commit any of my money to it.

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Rhizome Radar
by: Anonymous

I did not know about Rhizome Radar. I guess you learn something knew everyday. Very interesting.

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