Peter Walters & Katie Davies
Davies and Walters Vela 2012 was created through the transformation of astrophysical data into a tangible three-dimensional form. Walters describes the work and process where 'the data is a radio signal emanating from a distant pulsar star, located in the constellation of Vela, some 950 light years from Earth. The signal has been transformed through a process of metamorphosis which exploited audio processing, 3D modelling and rapid prototyping technologies. The radio signal was sampled and its components - frequency, intensity and time – were plotted in a 3D coordinate system. The data plot was used to generate the 3D surface from which the artwork takes its shape'.
The artists are motivated by a desire to transform data from diverse sources through processes of creative abstraction into tangible physical forms. The form of the artwork is therefore not directly defined by the artists but rather is determined by the astrophysical phenomenon.