Marco Barotti - Clams

Fri 23 Oct 2020 - 09:00 to Sun 25 Oct 2020 - 17:00
Klankenbos, Toekomstlaan 5, 3910 Pelt

A collection of 80 kinetic shells float in the Dommel and are influenced by its water quality. 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 which initiates the opening and closing movements of the Clams 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. An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic enters our oceans every year. This severely damages marine life and ends up in our food chain. All sea creatures, from the largest to the most microscopic organisms, do, at one point or another, ingest this microplastics instilled with toxic chemicals. The world population “… is eating fish that have eaten other fish, which have eaten toxin-saturated plastics. In essence, humans are eating their own waste.” (Renee Brown, WiredPress)

Marco Barotti (IT) is a media artist based in Berlin. After music studies at the Siena Jazz Academy, he began merging sound with visual art. His work is driven by a desire to invent an artistic language in which a fictional post-futurist era is expressed through kinetic sound interventions in natural and urban environments. His installations merge audio technology, consumer objects and waste into moving sculptures triggered entirely by sound. The primary focus of his work is to create a tech ecosystem that plays with resemblances to animals. These artworks serve as a metaphor for the anthropogenic impact on the planet and aim to make people aware of environmental issues. His work has been exhibited internationally in: Ars Electronica, Saatchi Gallery, Futurium, Polytech Festival, etc. Clams is awarded for the NTU Global Digital Art Award Singapore. 

Artistic creation and production: Marco Barotti | Development: WRO Art Center within the framework of EMAP / EMARE | Co-funding: Creative Europe, C-TAKT, Oerol Festival, and Transnatural | Support: Dayton Audio, In-Situ water quality measurements | Many thanks to: Anna Anderegg (conceptual advice), Pim Boreel (Hydro4Live development).

This installation is part of the 3-day Expo-route from 23.10-25.10 at various locations in and around Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof, the Canal Zone and Gemeente Pelt.