the lake

Please see The Lake microsite – for animation, audio, photos and more details.

The Lake was installed at the Tingrith Fishery over the summer of 2005. The work used hydrophones, custom software and advanced hardware technology to track and gather real-time data from 16 electronically tagged fresh water fish in the circular Fringe Lake. Their movement was translated into an immersive audio visual experience. Visitors of all ages were invited to come and listen to the fish composing their very own soundscape whilst watching an animated representation of what was happening under the water.

An early data art work that used live real-time biological data, The Lake questions how data abstracts life and our environment, and how we use technology to connect with living things.

The work was developed over two years and supported by an arts fellowship from NESTA (The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), and Tingrith Coarse Fishery


    2005 Tingrith Fishery, Beds, UK
    2006 Truman Brewery, London, UK
    2007 FILE, Sao Paulo, Brazil
    2008 FILE, Rio, Brazil
    2008 Arts Bioethics Network, Rijeka, Croatia
    2009 The National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Kaliningrad, Russia
    2009 MediaArtLab Center for Art and Culture, Moscow, Russia

Art + Science Now! by Stephen Wilson (2010)

Evolution Haute Couture: Art and Science in the Post-Biologicla AGE edited by Dmitry Bulatov (2009)

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour
BBC news
The Guardian, Taking the Piscine
we make money not art
Times online – pick of the summer exhibitions listing
The Lake installation diagram

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