As the Earth faces a rapid advancement in climate change its time to take a direct responsibility by altering our everyday actions. My artistic practice aims to provide artwork that reflect ecological change in order to better understand and draw attention to the living planet. The particular aim of ‘Bug Data’ (work in progress) is to raise awareness of the transforming ecology structures of how nature us now seen through the creative application of data visualization and sonification. The impact of damming on waterways affects the migration and displacement of human and non-human cultures on a global scale.

Bug data [work in progress] extracts data of macroinvertebrates gathered from dammed rivers in the North West of England. Hydrologists often evaluate a rivers health by measuring the migration of water based species at different locations of the rivers journey. I would like to give voice to the unseen the invisible creatures by develop a music system that turns the raw data into sound. Use a visual interface to access the data and transmit this to a synthesis engine. Each of the 113 water based species is identified by a unique sound tag that will also be visualised on a virtual map of the area. The listener will be able to hear the variation in species and the distribution of marcoinvertebrates from water samples from a series of abstracted waterways. Producing a sonic map of the environment to create a score of algorithmic music. Below you can listen to an example of the algorithmically produced sound material. The raw data and images were kindly supplied by Dr. Francois Edwards of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Order in society and nature is a political revolution were subject becomes a paradigramtic shift towards inventing a multplicity of disciplines. Extracted from Richard Powers The Other Story – a story of our poltical relationship to trees

1. bugData (2019) mp3

    Hand drawn sketch of an imaginary insect by mark pilkington 2019.
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