This installation tracks the audience movements on the gallery and translates them into a data visualization graphic that is drawn in real time, which means that the graphic will need as much time to be realised as the exhibition will be running, evolving from its own shape by audience movements to a visualization of the exhibition life itself.
One wood section which shows the growth rings of the tree from which it was extracted is an image that helps our understanding of time and change itself, without the need to operate on it. If we were able to see the creation of this image in real time and not once the process has stopped, to see it as it is created, it would force us to reconsider how we perceive our surrounding environment.
‘Whatever happened, Happened, is a machine which creates growth rings in a section of virgin wood, so that we may be part of a process which we believed before to be foreign to us, because we weren’t capable of perceiving it.
The machine engraves concentric rings in the wood surface by laser, so that the result is closer to reality than a computer-generated graphic. It is just as important that the graphic is realised slowly over time, involving external factors which could affect the process, separating us from the instantaneousness of a printer in order to understand the process that it is giving at that exact instant, while confronting the vision we are accustomed to, because we will always be able to make a comparison with the rings that it already drew at the moment of our visit.
Every day the machine begins drawing a new rings group, taking as a reference point the shape of the previous one from the day before. However, the distance of this and variation of its perimeter with be directly tied to the number of people in the hall and their movements; this will also affect the number of passes the machine makes over the ring throughout the day, thus influencing its thickness and depth.
Just as a tree takes its shape from the action of external factors and forces, with details of its surrounding environment engraved in its internal structure, the exhibition itself and its audience are the one who really create the work. The machine will produce a sheet with as many ring groups as the number of days the exhibition runs, creating in the end a ‘legible’ graphic of the changes in its surrounding environment, the hall, which will be as natural as a section of a trunk