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 are made from recycled industrial plastic waste. The artwork intends to raise awareness about water and plastic pollution.
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.