Implicit

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Implicit is an animate object, physically relaying the constant stream of oceanic information transmitted by oceanic data buoys around the world.

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It is also an exploration of communication, mainly authorship and integrity of message; by relaying data as its original format—waves with varying amplitude and frequency—Implicit maintains the original intent, not losing or changing meaning by manipulating the message to fit the communication medium.

The ocean waves recorded and transmitted by data buoys is typically displayed and interpreted as figures and graphs, this effectively strips the information of much of its evocative meaning. Implicit uses digital motion control to recreate these waves, in essence maintaining the original state of the information without displaying it in an ambiguous other form.

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Directly communicating physical information without translating it fosters a strong connection to another place, outside of the immediate environment. Reading the state of an ocean as abstracted numbers has meaning, but experiencing it has another more profound emotional effect.

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Implicit also acknowledges the often overlooked responsibility of technology to operate on a recognizably human level in addition to quantitatively handling information, instead of first serving the quantitative aspect of data. Communication tools intrinsically exist to serve human connectivity, and must use every effort to maintain the original authorship and intent of a message.