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    Marco Barotti
    creator of visually refined sound sculptures questioning environmental issues
    Marco Barotti
    IT

    Marco Barotti

    Clams

    Marco Barotti
    is a media artist based in Berlin. After music studies at the Siena Jazz Academy, he began merging sound with visual art, focusing on interventions in urban and natural surroundings. His work is driven by a desire to invent an artistic language where a fictional post-futurist era is expressed through kinetic sound interventions in natural and urban environments. These installations merge audio technology, consumer objects and waste 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. These artworks serve as a metaphor for the anthropogenic impact on the planet and aim to make people aware of environmental issues.

    In nature, clams are detectors of pollutants: they serve as tiny filtration systems. Inspired by this natural phenomenon, Italian designer and sound artist Marco Barotti is now presenting his new work Clams, a kinetic sound installation triggered by water quality. Real-time data from water of the Vaartkom area in Leuven is streamed by a sensor and converted into an audio signal. The audio signal generates a live evolving soundscape which 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 water quality in real time. The Clams sculptures, created from recycled industrial plastic waste, invite us to contemplate the issues of water and plastic pollution.
     

    Credits:
    Created & produced by Marco Barotti.
    Developed at WRO Art Center within the framework of EMAP / EMARE.

    Co-funded by Creative Europe, C-Takt, Oerol Festival & Transnatural.

    Supported by Dayton Audio - “In-Situ” water quality measurements.

    Many thanks to: Anna Anderegg for conceptual advises & Pim Boreel for Hydro4Live development.
    The Clams are awarded from the NTU Global Digital Art Award Singapore.

    This project is project of ‘Warm Alarm’: https://www.sogetinformed.com/