Surrounding us is an invisible layer of natural data. We often can’t see, hear, smell or taste it, but it’s there in the form of electrochemical activity in plants, water flow in trees, particulates in the air, pollution in the water and more. I’m fascinated by this unseen macrocosm and my work lifts the veil into this world, using sensors track such live data and translate it into sculptural sound installations that viewers can experience viscerally.
CUT-UP POET TREES
AQ SOUND BATH
Scott Kildall has been working with art + technology + education for over 15 years. He focuses on transforming data from the natural environment, such as water quality, air quality and plant data into sound installations, sculptures and video works. He uses custom electronics to create generative, data-driven experiences with uncertain outcomes.
His artwork has been exhibited internationally at venues including the New York Hall of Science, Transmediale, the Venice Biennale, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the San Jose Museum of Art. For the last several years, he has worked on developing field installations ranging from the jungles of Panama to the sand dunes of Abu Dhabi to the desert area near the Salton Sea, CA, often deploying work in remote locations with limited resources.
He has received fellowships, awards and residencies from the SETI Institute, Impakt Works, Autodesk, Recology San Francisco, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center and more.
He currently resides in San Francisco, where he runs a residency program from his home called Xenoform Labs that hosts international new media artists.