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"I don’t want to explain to somebody what pollen is. … That is the secret and the beauty and the power and the potential of all this." —Wolfgang Laib

In this week’s Season 7 preview, artist Wolfgang Laib discusses his interest in pollen, while shown installing Pollen from Hazelnut (2013) at the Museum of Modern Art in 2013—sifting hazelnut pollen collected by the artist since the mid-1990s.

WATCH: Preview of Wolfgang Laib in Legacy

Season 7 of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century premieres Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Legacy airs Friday, November 7, 2014.

IMAGES: Production stills from the ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 7 episode, Legacy, 2014. © ART21, Inc. 2014.

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Tele-Present Water Simulates a Spot in the Pacific from Halfway Around the World

Artist David Bowen is known for his kinetic sculptures that are driven by real-world data from natural phenomenon. For his work “Tele-Present Water,” first exhibited at the National Museum in Wroclaw, Poland, Bowen pulled real-time wave intensity and frequency data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) buoy station 46246 (49°59’7″ N 145°5’20″ W) located in the remote Shumagin Islands of Alaska. This information was scaled and transferred to a mechanical grid structure, resulting in an uncanny live simulation of the movement of water from halfway around the world. The piece, along with Bowen’s other works, speaks to the way technology and telecommunications can both alienate us from and unite us with the natural world. While technology has enabled us to control and model phenomena with unprecedented precision, it may also provide a means to understand the world in a more intimate, visceral way. 

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