Program Note

BugData (2020)

Duration: 10’40

Format: Algorithmic audio-visual

bugData (2020) is an audio-visual composition that reflects the impact damming on our waterways by studying the migration and displacement of non-human species. Achieved by combining data visualization and sonification to form an audio-visual composition. The aim to bring an awareness to the impact on unseen creatures that inhabit our waterways by translating of scientific data into sound. bugData (2020) extracts data of macroinvertebrates samples gathered from the dammed tributaries of Haweswater reservoir situated in the Lake District in the North West of England. Hydrologists evaluate a river’s health by measuring the migration of fresh water based species along a rivers path. Hydrologists evaluate a river’s health by measuring the migration of fresh water based species along a rivers path.

A custom-designed audio-visual algorithm was programmed to access and distribute data across a computer network. All of the 112 water based species are identified by a unique sound tag mapped onto a virtual map. The listener is able to hear and see the impact on the variation of macroinvertebrates species from abstracted waterways.

The piece is performed using a live coded audio/visual algorithm that displays maps, computer generated images and hand drawn sketches.

The data kindly supplied by Dr. Francois Edwards of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

1. bugData (2020) mp3 (Sound Stem).

Figure 1. Video excerpt of bugData (2020)

Figure 2. bugData (2020) video screen grab

Figure 3. bugData 3 live version recorded at Thought Universe Studios in Manchester, June 2020.

Commissioned by Art in Flux: an independent not-for-profit arts organisation based in London.



bugData explores the inherent spatial properties of ecological data through the composition of audio-visual music. As the Earth faces rapid climate change its imperative that a revaluation of art and science takes place in order to better communicate ecological concerns. My artistic practice is dedicated to providing a body of work that reflects ecological transformation as nature as process.

Latour, Bruno, Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climate Regime, Trans. by Catherine Porter, Polity, 2018.
Schellnhuber, H. J. ‘Earth System’ analysis and the second Copernican Revolution, 1999. Nature, Vol 402, (1999), 19-23

Appendix: Additional Information
Order in society and nature has become a political revolution were subject becomes a paradigramtic shift towards inventing a multplicity of disciplines. Extract from Anthropocene HKW Lecture: Bruno Latour (2018)

Hobbs sense of political tradition – Richard Powers The Other Story – a story of our poltical relationship to trees.

What is a macroinverbrate?

Codex Seraphinianus by Luigi Serafini


    Hand drawn sketches of an imaginary creatures and location of macroinvertabrate samples.