Bit.Fall turns news into rain and water into pixels


Bit.fallDublin might have been inundated with a month’s worth of rain in a single day last week but that’s not the only water-related event that’s been getting Dubliners’ talking. This water-based news reader has been catching people’s attention.

The artwork is part of Surface Tension, an exhibition taking place in Trinity College Dublin’s Science Gallery, which explores the “the future of water” and man’s consumption of it.

The system works by generating  random words selected from the day’s main news.  These words then appear in the individual droplets, forming pixels, of water as they fall to the ground.

The art work’s creator, Julius Popp, explains the inspiration behind the work,

“The speed at which information is sourced, exchanged and updated in our modern society is almost inconceivable, and more ephemeral than ever before. The work BIT.FALL translates this abstract process into an experience for the senses and is a metaphor for these contemporary currents of information.”

Popp is a German-based artist who uses typically uses technology as the basis for this artworks.  He first exhibited Bit.Fall in 2005, you can see who he created the piece in this 2006 video.

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Piers Dillon Scott
Piers Dillon-Scott is co-editor of The Sociable and writes about stuff he finds. He likes technology, media, and using the Oxford comma (because it just makes sense).