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GORI.Node garden

Is an ambient data visualization in tangible physical form of a mechanical plant bed. It portrays people's private communication using mobile devices or cyber chat space with metaphors of nature to represent 'flows' of data. 

(in 2005, Dana Centre, Science Museum, London, UK)

In GORI.Node Garden, 'networking is gardening’ where online user is ‘gardener', mobile phone number or online instant messenger ID is 'a seed', identifying each plant with seeds is 'to plant' and pushing data created through the communication into the garden is 'watering' to nurture the plants. Gardening once was one of art forms of Zen principle of Buddhism to emphasise the intentional blurring of the distinction between man-made and natural material. Gori.Node Garden adopted the idea to explain an alternative view of network that interconnects between real and cyber space.

(in 2005, Ars Electronica, Austria)

(in 2006, Dana Centre, Science Museum, London)

Each plant, 'GORI' blinks, grows or vibrates, similar to how plants move in the breeze, as the garden is nourished by data. The plant has a long, thin acrylic stem and a round, flat metal blossom on top of it. Its root has a mechanical structure with a small circuit board that controls the GORI behaviours. The term 'GORI' generally means 'to link' and 'open hook' in Korean and it is often used to refer to the 'fastening' and 'loosening' of human relations. 

(in 2006, Santa Barbara, USA) 




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Technical Collaborators: Erik Kearney and Allan Au(version 2 & 3)
Acknowledgements: Karel Dudesek, 
Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication in UK and Kiberpipa in Slovenia