Open Source Ocean

An installation where individual waveforms hand-drawn by people from around the world are printed out individually over the course of many hours, creating a crowd-sourced sea of paper. As a first-generation immigrant from China, I have a strong attachment to imagery and metaphor of the ocean. In this context, the digitally collected waves represent for me a site of interaction, exchange and translation. For this work, I selected drawings from East Asia and the U.S. The full iteration ran for 8 hours, printing out nearly 3,000 waveforms. The piece is constructed from a modified thermal receipt printer and an Arduino micro-computer.