sensorium/BeWare02: BeWare02:satellite

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SIGGRAPH 1998: Touchware

Creation Year:



Interactive Installation


10' x 9' x 9'



Artist Statement:

BeWare is a “living” object by which observers can touch and feel the actual temperature of the Earth based on data transmitted from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s polar orbital satellite. The object shows a projection of the Earth’s image on a 9 cm by 160 cm plate, which changes in accordance with the speed of the satellite as it orbits the Earth. The infrared image is analyzed as temperature data, which are used to control Peltier devices attached to the underside of the plate. The data transmission is conducted through the Internet, however the interface is not necessarily limited to the abilities of the Web browser or of the computer.

BeWare is an attempt to expand means of expression using the Internet as well as to stimulate our perception of the living Earth.

BeWare01 was originally planned and created by the Web site project “sensorium” (

BeWare was planned, designed and developed by the founding members of sensorium in collaboration with members of GK TECK Inc. and the International Media Research Foundation, Japan.