Ken Goldberg, Sanjay Krishnan, Fernanda Viegas, and Martin Wattenberg
Bloom is an internet-based Earthwork that transforms seismic data into an exhuberant display of color. A seismometer at the Hayward Fault continuously measures the Earth's motion and transmits this data over the Internet to the installation, where the data is processed in real time to produce an abstract field of unpredictable circular blooms. In contrast to the distractions of contemporary life, Bloom is a meditation on growth and geological endurance.
Bloom was commissioned by the Nevada Museum of Art and is dedicated to Color Field painter Kenneth Noland (1924-2010).
Thanks to JoAnne Northrup and the museum staff, Catharine Clark of the Catharine Clark Gallery, Richard Allen, Doug Neuhouser, and Peggy Hellweg of the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory for ongoing access to their stream of live seismic data. We also thank David Nachum, Vijay Vasudevan, Woj Matusek for contributions to earlier versions and Anne Wagner for insightful comments.