Legible Nature Skybox

Adam Chapman

by Adam Chapman

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Legible Nature: Fate is an Afterthought, models the flight patterns and physical movements of Atlantic Grey Gulls. The natural laws of these flight patterns are altered so that the birds periodically converge to form letters. These letters slowly spell out poems from the Manyoshu, a diverse collection of eighth century Japanese poems which employ the fleeting beauty of Nature as a common metaphor. A complete cycle of poems takes nearly two hundred days to complete, every second of the installation is uniquely generated by the rules of the system. The piece embodies the struggle to make sense of that which is fleeting and whose comprehension remains just beyond our grasp.

A glossy, sky-blue box houses both projector and computer, projecting the piece onto the ceiling, and seeming to float above the floor.

There is a complimentary series called Skyboxes. Skyboxes are size-variable, wall-mounted, looped videos of a single letter forming over and over, in this case, an L.