Thorn Reader | National Academy, NYC


Thorn Reader is an art installation created in a recent collaboration with featured artist, Ingo Appel:

“The phenomenology of sound;  the ability to create and understand unfamiliar forms of communication will become increasingly important.  This is a unique collaboration, between the German born artist Ingo Appel, a faculty member of the National Academy in New York and Ricky Graham, a faculty member at Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, New Jersey.  The structure exhibited is the beginning in the exploration of art, technology, nature and the poetic.”

This is the first of several stages of development. This developmental piece is currently on display November 5, 2012 – January 5, 2013, Monday through Saturday at the National Academy in NYC.

Thorn Reader will be located at The National Academy, 5 East 89th Street NYC from the 5th of January, 2013.


The installation features two rotating rose stems operated through an analog cog and band-styled system.


The thorn stalks interact with two IR range sensors via Arduino (Pduino), providing aggregate data that is mapped to transformative signal processes in Pure Data.  



TR-2 – Proof of Concept



Thorn Reader sonifies the aggregate motion of each stalk, rotating on one axis. The piece also permits the selected natural structures to function as a continuous music controller. The developing narrative will focus on the interplay between natural analogue structures and digital multimodal interpretations.


Gallery hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 AM – 8 PM Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM Saturday, 9 AM – 4 PM.


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