The sculptures are localized for each neighborhood, city, or iteration of the project. Working with local people in Miami and Folkestone, we gathered input, stories and headlines about local issues and anxieties through participatory discussion and making workshops. Their input forms the basis of the keywords used to drive the system, along with terms derived from the US DHS Media Monitoring Analysts Binder obtained via FOIA requests by the EPIC. The project website and twitter channel reveal the current fear levels, the news story, and the keywords triggering the response.
From 2016-2018 we worked with BeagleBoard and Seeed Studio to develop ‘Whithervanes Open Hardware Kit’ for community technology groups, citizen journalists, activists, and creative technologists to develop new modes of access to, engagement with and common ownership of existing data streams using newsfeeds as the starting point. The kit includes a github code repository, files for 3D printing and a custom, single board Linux computer.
Locust Projects Curated by Lorie Mertes
Founded by artists for artists in 1998, Locust Projects is Miami’s longest running nonprofit alternative art space. As a leading incubator of new art and ideas, Locust Projects emphasizes boundary-pushing creative endeavors, risk-taking and experimentation by local, national and international artists.
Folkestone Triennial Lookout 2014 Curated by Lewis Biggs
Folkestone Triennial is the largest exhibition of newly commissioned work presented in the UK. Artists are invited to use the town as their gallery, utilising public spaces to create striking new art that reflects issues affecting both the town and the wider world.
Folkestone Artworks Curated by Lewis Biggs
Folkestone Artworks is the UK’s largest urban contemporary art exhibition. The changing exhibition, currently consisting of 74 artworks by 46 artists offers an experience like nowhere else in the world: great contemporary art with an invitation to explore, examine and understand the town’s geography, history and potential future.
Fast Company These Headless Chickens Spin Frantically When The News Gets Bad
Fresh Art International Art of the Everyday
Miami New Times Whithervanes by rootoftwo Comes to Miami’s Locust Projects
Sun Sentinel These headless chickens spin on Miami rooftops when there’s bad news
Beyond Social Temporal, Contextual, Situated: Design Practice and Research for Future-Making
Knight Arts Challenge Award Detroit 2014 Announcing 58 winners in the Detroit Knight Arts Challenge!
Wired These Weather Vanes Spin When There’s Bad News
Fast Company These Headless Chicken Weathervanes Spin When The Internet Freaks Out
Dezeen rootoftwo create headless weather vanes that represent fear levels
Port Magazine Small Town, Big Ideas: Folkestone Triennial
The Guardian Folkestone Triennial 2014 review – Kent’s gold coast mines a rich artistic seam
Location: Folkestone, UK + Miami, USA
Client: Commissioned 2012 Creative Folkestone for 2014 Folkestone Triennial and Folkestone Artworks, curated by Lewis Biggs. Commissioned 2015 Locust Projects for Art on the Move 2018, curated by Lorie Mertes.
Folkestone Design: Winter 2012 – Fall 2014
Completed: Fall 2014
Miami Design: Winter 2016 – Fall 2018
Completed: Spring 2018
Creative Folkestone; Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan; The Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Michigan; Locust Projects; and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
The Digital Fabrication Lab (FABLab) Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, University of Michigan; The Work Department; The Workshop/The Beach Wifi Project; Pulsar Light of Cambridge Ltd.; BeagleBoard.org Foundation; Seeed Studio and Brightly Interactive.
Cézanne Charles (rootoftwo)
John Marshall (rootoftwo)
Assisted by: Travis Martin, Aaron Willette, Jason Prasad, David Brusstar, Alexander Watanabe, Matt Rowe, Ashley Light Engineering, Joint Electrical, Christopher Hore Chartered Engineers, Phil Vander Veen, EES Design LLC, YetiWeurks Art + Engineering, and a2 Content, LLC.
Media: Polyurethane, polyester, steel, Raspberry Pi computers, LEDs, stepper motors, sensors.