Scott Snibbe

Blow Up, 2005
by Scott Snibbe
Patent No. US6923079
Recording, Transmission and/or Playback of Data Representing an Air Flow

Commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.  Produced with support from The National Endowment for the Arts and Animatics Corporation

Blow Up is a large-scale installation that records, transmits, and plays back human breath. Participants are invited to sit at the table and blow into a grid of small fans. Sensors capture information related to direction and velocity of the airflow, and then translate that data across a large wall of fans. When the participant stops blowing, the large fans continue to loop the most recent pattern until a new airflow is recorded. Snibbe has been granted more than a dozen patents, and patented the device he invented to measure and reproduce a corresponding airflow.

About the Artist 
Scott Snibbe
b. New York, NY; lives in San Francisco, CA
Scott Snibbe is a media artist, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. His artwork is in the permanent collections of the Whitney and MoMA and his large-scale interactive projects have been incorporated into concert tours, Olympics, science museums, and airports, including collaborations with Björk and James Cameron.  Snibbe holds more than 15 patents, was one of the early developers of the special effects software Adobe After Effects, and is the CEO of Snibbe Interactive and Snibbe Studio.

Project team includes:
Scott Snibbe concept, engineering, programming
Brett Bowman fan wall design and engineering
Michael Wehner breath console design and engineering
Gizmo Art Production breath console fabrication
Jim Campbell custom electronics
Mitsuo Kuroha, Kyle Knobel production
Lorenzo Wang, Christine Liu computer graphic visualization
Anne Devine administration
Mark Scheeff advisor  



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