Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Navier-Stokes, 2009
LEDs, Duratrans print, plexiglas, computer, custom software
59 x 78.75 x 11.9 in / 150 x 200 x 30 cm
Edition of 6

Navier-Stokes is a series of computer-controlled light-boxes which animate satellite pictures of border regions that have heavy migratory traffic, a vector of economic disparity or a history of military conflict. Instead of using regular white fluorescent light tubes to illuminate the duratrans film, the pieces have over one hundred thousand light emitting diodes (LEDs), which can highlight tiny features within the print. The first piece shows the Mexico-USA border with Mexico illuminated red by default while the US is dark. Periodically, a random opening of the border lets a plume of red color take over the United States. Once both countries are red, the color of the United States gradually fades back to black.
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