Living Observatory Installation: A Transductive Encounter with Ecology


Living Observatory/Responsive Environments

Living Observatory/Responsive Environments


In the Living Observatory installation at the Other Festival, we invite participants into a transductive encounter with a wetland environment in flux. Our installation brings sights, smells, sounds, and a bit of mud from a peat bog undergoing restoration near Plymouth, MA to the MIT Media Lab. As part of the Living Observatory initiative, we are developing sensor networks that document ecological processes and allow people to experience the data at different spatial and temporal scales. Small, distributed sensor devices capture climate and other environmental data, while others stream audio from high in the trees and underwater. Visit at any time from dawn till dusk and again after midnight, and check the weather report on our website ( for highlights; if you�re lucky you might just catch an April storm.