Modern technology seems to help us make life easier, more predictable and controlled. But did we overlook something in the process? How can we involve our environment and nature in a different way and be aware of it instead of logically predicting everything that happens?

The answer is: We observe it. We take it in. Kind of like the meditative moments of staring into a bonfire and listening to the crackling and glistening of the wood that gets eaten by flames until it ends into ashes. We know it will happen but we can’t predict the ways the flames will move or which directions the sparks will flow. Using this concept but applying it to the element of wind instead of fire, we constructed a grid of electromagnets, where every magnet behaves like a pixel, took wind data from different areas of Japan and recreated the movements on the wall.

The soothing and meditative effect this physical art and technology piece has, makes it applicable in a variety of different situations or locations. TOU could be found in the entrance of a hotel, where it welcomes guests with soft waves of wind recorded close by a river, or in a hospital waiting room to help visitors as well as guests to keep calm and comfort them. TOU can also be a nice background environment for underground offices or other spaces without windows to give a sense of the outside being represented in your daily life.

In the midst of the pandemic, artist duo Alice & Kenji Jones decided after a moment’s reflection that it was time to look for new opportunities. Why then? Alice originally has her roots in Germany and after a total of 5 years in Japan, it was time to take what she learned there and make a fresh start in her old home country where she originally studied biology but found vocation in Japan with sustainable kickstarters and a children’s fashion label. Kenji, raised in America but with Japanese roots, had an early interest in all things mechanical and even built his own car. After graduating with a degree in art, he continued to work between technology, art and music. Both have a connection to art and technology that was heavily influenced by their time in Japan and hopefully can continue to develop in Berlin with their own company “Konel Berlin”.