In nature, clams are detectors of pollutants; they serve as tiny filtration systems. Inspired by this natural phenomenon, Marco Barotti is now presenting his new work Clams, a kinetic sound installation triggered by water quality. Real-time data is streamed by a sensor and converted into an audio signal. The audio signal generates a live evolving soundscape which initiates the opening and closing movements of the Clam sculptures. Sound and motion unite to create an experience that allows the audience to see and hear the water quality in real time. The Clams sculptures are made from recycled industrial plastic waste. The artwork intends to raise awareness about water and plastic pollution.

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