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Marco Barotti’s Installations at New Holland Island

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Marco Barotti’s Installations at New Holland Island

On August 1 two installations by Berlin-based media artist Marco Barrotti, in which fictional post-futurist era is expressed through kinetic sound interventions in natural and urban environments, will appear on New Holland Island. These installations merge audio technology, consumer objects and waste into moving sculptures triggered entirely by sound. The primary focus of author’s 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.

On August 1–4 from 5 PM to 9 PM The Woodpeckers project will transform in real time the invisible radiations used for mobile communication and wireless technology into audible and visible acoustic drumming patterns. The sonic result is a generative acoustic composition which undergoes constant transformation. A live soundscape which resonates as invading drum ensemble into urban and natural environments.

From August 1 to August 30 the Island’s inner basin will host The Swans made from satellite dishes, obvious waste elements of our society representing the power of mainstream TV and mass media. Brought to life by sound, wind and water, these animals float peacefully in a pond, merging perfectly with the nature surrounding them. Speakers installed above the bases of the former satellite dishes serve as the animals’ heads. Eight individual audio channels are used to transport the sound through the swans, bringing them to life and remodeling the landscape. This image provokes both a sense of revulsion and an intimate feeling of familiarity, serving as a hack of the natural environment while challenging the audience with its amalgamation of tech waste and wildlife.

On August 3, 6 PM Marco Barotti will give a public talk and answer any questions about his work, and also will give a guided tour through his installations. The public talk will be given in English with Russian sequential translation. Free admission, places are limited, please register in advance at www.newhollandsp.com

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