A multi-channel interactive installation that explores the destructive properties of earthquakes, as well as its tragic relationship with humans. It involves participants in knowing about historically destructive earthquakes and monitoring current earthquakes as they develop.

YEAR:  2014

COLLABORATORS:  Nicholas Kiray and Menglong Wu

CATEGORY:  Motion Tracking, Creative Coding, Generative Art, Data Visualization, Interactive Installation, Multichannel Sound, Granular Synthesis, Projection Mapping

TOOLS:  Processing, Max/Msp, Leap Motion, JSON, Google API

ROLE:  Creative Direction, Interactive and Visual Programming with Leap Motion and Processing, Sound Processing with Max/Msp




The installation displays the earth’s most historically destructive earthquakes in conjunction with its current earthquakes that are updated every minute. It uses geological data, projection mapping, a natural interface (Leap Motion) and a three-dimensional globe structure which users are able to interact with.

The user begins the experience using the Leap Motion interface to interact with the globe and the latest earthquakes visualized, encircling the planet. Moving the hand over the globe identifies locations and gives information about past earthquakes, augenting the experience with live sound processing of multi-channel news and live-event sound slips of each earthquake as they happened. It also identifies locations of the current earthquakes using a live seismic data feed that tracks their developments with information updated every minute.

The historical earthquake events on the globe are triggerable using the tapping geture and are further visualized on the projection wall. The glitchy effect corresponds to the amount of destruction caused by each earthquake.



Exhibition at Harvestworks, New York, NY, August 2014






Unconquered Earth was premiered at Harvestworks, New York NY, August 29-31, 2014.




Selected and presented at Refest: Art & Technology Festival at Culturehub, New York, NY, November 21-23, 2014.



Exhibited at Finley Hall, MFA gallery, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, November 24-26, 2014.