Xylem features a generative animation created with real-time data from 383 global financial index funds. The incessant flow of financial information is a true vital energy that moves the world’s economy. The vertical movement of the animation faithfully reflects rising or dropping prices of daily trading quotes updated every 10 seconds.
The palette of colors in the artwork has been taken from the hues of the main currencies in the world, including the verdant color of the green-back, the pink tone of the 500 euro bill, and other international notes including the british pound and the chinese yuan. Also included are colors of traded commodities including gold, silver, copper and platinum.
The artwork evokes cascading fluid motions as those found in rain or waterfalls, as well as biological processes of animal and vegetable circulatory systems. As markets open and close across the globe, financial data is incessantly circulating through the arteries of our global digital web. As a generative artwork that never repeats itself, Xylem attempts to capture the ceaseless ebb and flow of financial data that touches us in more ways than we can imagine.
The title Xylem comes from the vascular tissue in plants which conducts water and dissolved nutrients upwards from the root and also helps to form the woody element in the stem.