~Flow, by Owl Project and Ed Carter, was a tidemill - a floating building on the River Tyne that generated its own power using a tidal water wheel. The building housed electro acoustic musical machinery and instruments which responded to the constantly changing environment of the river, generating sound and data.
~Flow spans artforms, blending contemporary and traditional methods, combining sculpture, cutting edge technology, hand crafted wooden instruments, architecture, precision engineering and electronic music to create an astonishing audio-visual public artwork. Everyone's experience of ~Flow was unique, as the instruments responded directly to the ever-changing state of the river. The sounds created by each instrument could also be manipulated by visitors to the millhouse. Read more about what was onboard the Installation here.
A collaboration between Owl Project and Ed Carter (working with architect Nicky Kirk), the free-to-board artwork was located on the NewcastleGateshead Quayside throughout the summer as part of Artists taking the lead, one of twelve extraordinary public art commissions funded by the UK Arts Councils celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
From 25 March 2012 until 16 September 2012, ~Flow was open to visitors, Wednesday - Sunday 11:00 - 17:00. During this time, a wide ranging programme programme of events on and around ~Flow, including talks, tours, workshops, family art and music sessions, gigs and artist residencies. Browse the ~Flow Timeline and News section to view the Spring and Summer ~Flow Creative Programme, which includes exclusive photo's, audio recordings and video.