In nature, clams are detectors of pollutants; they serve as tiny filtration systems.

Clams is a collection of kinetic sound sculptures which convert data from water quality sensors into sounds and movement. Each ‘clam’ is constructed from recycled waste plastic and contains a speaker. The continuously evolving microtonal soundscape gives each shell a subtle, life-like opening and closing action. Real-time readings from an industry-standard water purity sensor placed in the river, lake or sea of the cities where the artwork is presented, form the basis for the music, which is generated through a constantly shifting process based on water quality levels over time.

Clams invite the audience to draw connections between media art, data sonification and environmental sustainability.

Clams is a project created and produced by Marco Barotti

Developed at WRO Art Center within the framework of EMAP / EMARE

Co-funded by:
Creative Europe, C-Takt, Oerol Festival, and Transnatural

Supported by: 
Dayton Audio, “In-Situ” water quality measurements,

Many thanks to:
Anna Anderegg for conceptual advises
Pim Boreel for Hydro4Live development

Clams is awarded from the NTU Global Digital Art Award Singapore