Chameleon Eyes


Heat means life means movement: this principle holds true for Chameleon Eyes as a new robotic inhabitant of the Letzigraben. The artwork embeds itself in the dynamic habitat of the housing co-op and park and extends the site by multiplying perspectives. Using technology traditionally employed for live streaming and surveillance in sports, security services or public space, the artwork makes a world of movement visible that usually escapes human perception. By tracing the tracks of migratory birds, for example, the animated thermal images serve as unique snapshots in time pointing to changes in seasons and climate. The live transmission on the display in the park also gives the pulsating data a tangible form, along with its governing algorithms, protocols, variables and parameters which permeate the flow of everyday life—whether we are looking, or not.