Tomato Quintet, 2007

31 Aug, 2011

Tomato Quintet, 2007

Greg Niemeyer, "Tomato Quintet", Mixed Media, 2007.

The Tomato Quintet at Machine Project, Los Angeles, involved five pods filled with Tomatoes. The pods were sealed from the outside world and contained sophisiticated sensors which logged CO2, light and temperature changes inside the pods. The sensors recorded the ripening of the tomatoes over ten days. We compressed these data recordings in time to produce a 44 minute sonification of the entire ripening process. In the gallery, we played the music while serving pasta with tomato sauce made from the very tomatoes we recorded.