For the Earth Dayta event, we wanted to design a site-specific art and music experience where we would be in conversation with the location as artists and scientists. We’re using sensory data and scientific data, live and historical--to perceive, feel, understand, and care about the earth. In Tree-provisation, created by Zack Dowell, voltages sensed in the leaves of an ancient tree are translated into musical notes which the musicians respond to.
“Harbingers” are subtle yet observable signs of climate change.
Harbingers was the featured piece of the Earth Dayta, performed live and projected upon the historic 1860s Wakamatsu farmhouse in Placerville, CA on April 23, 2022. Interweaving climate data, historical weather records, original video, found images, and original music, the three-part piece explores changing relationships between nature and accelerated human activity in the Sierra Foothills region along the timeline of the 1800s to the present.
Dry Days contains video and musical sequences inspired by data that shows average yearly temperature slowly increasing through the year 2099. Perforusic composed by Aron Faria, the piece uses two simultaneous musical loops, one slowly increasing in tempo along with the increasing temperature. Created by Ameera Godwin, the simultaneous video sequences also shift in tempo. The piece shows how change is not always noticeable right away, but over time, the effects of small changes become pronounced.
Lakes Not Frozen is a journey into coldness using temperature data for a lake's first winter freeze between the years 1900-2020, as the onset of winter arrives later over time. Music composed by Paul Godwin and video by Ameera, the piece is a site-specific media experience of accelerated tempos and deconstructed sequences that distort and disrupt forms--as ice cracks and breaks apart as becomes flowing water.
In Color of the Sky, six sections of video and music were inspired by 1855 data of local weather observations recorded by a doctor looking for connections between weather data and the transmission of disease, including the color of the sky. This movement of Harbingers is like a painting, with music composed by Miguel Noya, video by Ameera, like an abstract map of history and weather, to view the place as earlier people might have viewed it, through their eyes.