10AM-5PM-IC Book Festival: Hortus

Hortus is a sound installation that will respond to the movement of Festival participants between events. Sensors placed in the Ped Mall’s plant life will measure the natural resources — wind and light — the plants are harvesting, and these dynamics will be constantly translated into bird sounds.



In this artificial ecology, passers-by will trigger a financial algorithm (similar to those used in speculative economic markets), shifting the birdsong towards those plants that seem most “profitable” in that split second. 
When a visitor decides to stop to read the displays, or to reflect, the environment’s original sound design returns.



An installation by International Writing Program participant Patrícia Portela.


Date: Sunday, October 13, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: Lobby
Staff or Desk Contact: Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature
Contact Phone: 319-356-5245
Co-Sponsor: International Writing Program
Co-Sponsor Phone: 319.335.0128

This event is open to the public.