Cloud Chime

Cloud Chime is a digital wind chime that reflects your organisation’s online reach by creating subtle, analogue sounds. Designed for corporations, businesses and organisations, the Cloud Chime, formed by hundreds of wooden bars, lives in the office-space. These wooden bars come in a variety of sizes, which, when sounded together, provide a wide tonal range for different notifications. Workers, clients, visitors and associates alike get artful feedback on online reach and activity. In this case, the installation hangs in the offices of CIID.

For instance, when a project, student video, or CIID itself gets some online attention – a like, a re-tweet or post on a blog – the Cloud Chime reacts with a subtle movement. It does not disrupt or intrude, it merely conveys online activity. Curious about what happened online? You can log onto the digital wind chime’s logbook and see what triggered the most recent sound. This can help students stay in touch with the attention their work garners online. Similarly, it provides a talking point for visitors to the school and a medium to illustrate the strength and reach of the CIID network online and worldwide.

Continuing on from an exploration in using exclusively analog materials, this project sought to convey online information, in a magical and analog manner, without the use of screens. The team was particularly interested in how art can be transformed to hold a purposeful place in the workplace.

We experimented with different material, such as stone pebbles and wood. We decided for the wood, because of its sonic properties.