category winners

Environment + Data
Artists: Justus Harris
Eric Dolores

About the artist:

Justus Harris (US) is an artist, technologist, and expert patient working across disciplines to understand the body and health monitoring inspired by using continuous monitors for his type 1 diabetes. Justus’ work has been featured at Stanford School of Medicine, Theorizing the Web NYC, and at data-driven medtech companies. This winter he was the inaugural Maker in Residence at the Harold Washington Chicago Public Library Maker Lab. He is a portfolio reviewer at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and alumni of the BA, Visual and Critical Studies program. As an active collaborator with medical professionals, he led doctors in a 3D medical data visualization venture at The University of California San Francisco life science entrepreneurship program. Justus has participated in five artificial pancreas research studies and is co-authoring a patient perspective paper with doctors from the University of Chicago.

Eric Dolores (US/Mexico) is a PhD in Mathematics and graduate of Northwestern University. He has organized art exhibitions around gender crimes as coordinator of the artist group yosoy132international in Mexico, Chicago, and at VerdensKulturCenter in Denmark. He represented the organization at National Student Power Convergence in Wisconsin, US. Eric is a civic hacker at Chi Hack Night in Chicago and is currently teaching high school computer science, robotics, and statistics using project-based methods including local environmental monitoring and visualization.

About the project:

The Fountains installation will translate open data sets of water pollution selected from specific locations around the globe into data visualizations that transform the 3D scanned, virtual skin surface of people’s bodies to reflect the quality of their local water sources. The virtual bodies will take form as sculptural video projections in a secluded gallery space designed for reflection. The projections will periodically rotate from one virtual body to the next in harmonious composition with a separate, digital fountain video projection that shows the changing water sources flowing over the virtual bodies.

The installation will also feature audio recordings of interviews of people adversely affected by water pollution, as well as people living with fair water conditions. The audio of each person’s interview will match up with their respective virtual bodies as they are shown and their skin textures transformed. Separate audio of modulated water sounds responsive to real-time water data sensors from Berlin and other cities will play in the gallery and provide an ongoing ambient score.