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Data Garden QUARTET Installation

April 20, 2013 @ 5:00 am - April 21, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

What is the creative force of the Universe? Is the force that inspires a human to write poetry or music the same as that which inspires a plant to grow in a particular way? Data Garden will explore these ideas and more through QUARTET, an audio installation that gives plants the tools to play digital synthesizers.

Guests will be encouraged to accompany four large tropical plants fitted with specialized electronic sensors. The physiology of these living specimens will be converted into data by a computer. That data will then be translated into commands used to generate quadraphonic audio compositions in real time.

While the means of producing this music can be described in technical terms, the natural creative force generating this experience is less apparent. Data Garden invites listeners to explore QUARTET while examining their own views on the source of its creation.

Data Garden QUARTET has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project.

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Gardening

History

Kids' Activities

Sankofa Community Farm

Southwest Philadelphia

Water Quality

Workshops, Wellness & Culture

Youth Internships

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Biking & Walking

Follow the Schuylkill River Trail from the North Mile to 56th Street and beyond.

Birds

Look up! More than 100 species of birds rely on this ecosystem.

Boating & Fishing

Enjoy all that the Tidal Schuylkill River has to offer.

Flowers, Plants & Trees

See what’s blooming, find a favorite tree, and stroll the gardens and natural lands.

Gardening

Bring the Garden home! Shop for plants and grow your own food.

History

Uncover the interconnected stories of this historic site.

Kids' Activities

Join us year-round to learn, make, share, and wonder.

Sankofa Community Farm

“Go back and get it!” Growing food sovereignty with an African Diaspora focus.

Southwest Philadelphia

Resources and opportunities especially for neighbors in Southwest Philly.

Water Quality

Find our latest data on the river’s bacteria levels and recent rainfall.

Workshops, Wellness & Culture

Enjoy upcoming workshops, self-care, and events. Are you a Southwest artist? Let’s partner!

Youth Internships

Calling Southwest students: paid internships available with the river, the farm, and the trees.