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Lost Prairie Valley

Planetary Bayou

Field Guide to Environmental Crime: Houston and the Oil Coast

Dead Zones

Extinction Simulation Landscapes

Lunar Mosaics

MacDowell Trilogy

Humans Lived Here Once

Whole Life Academy

Comfort in Hydrology

Uncanny Sensing, Remote Valleys

Water Castle

Radio Aporee Sound Map

Midstream at Twilight



Forest Threnody

Big Hill Petro-glyphs

Current State

Points of Presence

Brandenburg Series

Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Sonic Boom Archive

Johnston Island Saturday Night

Suspension of Disbelief

Quantum Danube


Culpeper Media Bunker

A Doubting World

“... the floors of silent seas”

Background Listening Post

Regional Spatialities

Dark Places

Ultimate High Ground

American Oil Vol. I

Kleine Stücke von Berlin


Playas Townsite

Shepard Inversion Ghost


Shock + Awe

Gloom & Doom / Tactile Air

Routes of Least


Weather Radio

Site: Nonsite: Quartzsite

The Mountain Radio Project

Ballarat: Beneath Sentinel

CLUI Projects

Networked Nation


Urban Crude

CLUI Touchscreen

Texas Oil

Wendover, U.S.A.

CLUI Exhibit Posters

Pavement Paradise

Vacation: Dauphin

Dissipation & Disintegration

Terminal Island

Immersed Remains

Diversions & Dislocations

Emergency State

Loop Feedback Loop

A View into the Pipe

Ground Up

Nellis Range - Revisited

West Coast Points

The Best Dead Mall


Antarctic 1

One Wilshire

Alternate Routes

Proximity Issue

Back to the Bay

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Weather Radio

Currents of air that pass through the garden are registered in the metallic mesh that surrounds and covers the Weather Garden and detected by three mounted sensors, referencing height, width, and length. As this mesh changes in shape, its volume becomes dynamic – never static. Signals from the sensors are then broadcast via FM transmitter back into the atmosphere as an impression of this volume. A series of small radio receivers will provide sound to visitors to the garden while drivers on Silver Lake Blvd. can tune their car radios to listen on approach and departure.

The result is a complex, but instantaneous and invisible series of detections, translations, transmissions, and receptions. The sensors themselves operate by transmitting radio waves to detect changes in magnetic fields. These changes are translated into modulating sound waves and fed through circuitry to a transmitter and antenna that radiate a cloud of energy into the atmosphere through architecture, cars, and bodies in search of reception. Ephemeral in nature, this energy quickly dissipates into the ether unless captured by a properly tuned receiver and converted into a form that we can hear. The muted visuals of architecture are given a soundtrack when layered with this audible impression of the Weather Garden.

As the Weather Garden draws attention to atmosphere, the Weather Radio installation detects and broadcasts it. This project is a response to the challenges of representing physical space with sound. If the elemental planes are the subjects then ether is the medium.

Sensor/sound/radio installation set inside Françoise Perrin's Weather Garden architectural installation.
Materials & Applications, Los Angeles, 2005.

The broadcast operated 24 hours a day from noon, May 8 though May 22, 2005. Visitors to the Weather Garden heard the audio from noon-8pm via installed radios. Drivers and passerbys were able to tune to 88.5 FM at any time.