In nature, clams are detectors of pollutants; they serve as tiny filtration systems. Inspired by this natural phenomenon, Marco Barotti is now presenting his new work Clams, a kinetic sound installation triggered by water quality. Real-time data is streamed by a sensor and converted into an audio signal. The audio signal generates a live evolving soundscape that initiates the opening and closing movements of the Clam sculptures. Sound and motion unite to create an experience that allows the audience to see and hear the quality of water in real-time. The Clam sculptures are made from recycled industrial plastic waste. Rather than creating a scientific value with these data transformations, it is an artistic reinterpretation aimed at initiating a discussion and raising awareness of water and plastic pollution.

This work was realised within the framework of the European Media Art Platforms (EMAP) programme at WRO Art Center (PL) with support of the Creative Europe Culture Programme of the European Union.

Marco Barotti

Marco Barotti is a media artist based in Berlin. His work is driven by a desire to invent an artistic language in which a fictional post-futurist era is expressed through audio-visual interventions in natural and urban environments. These installations merge audio technology, e-waste and consumer objects into moving sculptures triggered entirely by sound. The primary focus of his work involves creating a “tech ecosystem” that plays with a resemblance to animals that have a strong identity in our cultures.