Ten thousand years ago, there were
1 million people living on the planet, fifty years ago there were 3 billion of us and, by the end of this century, we are estimated to reach a population of 10 billion! We have modified almost every part of our planet and, as we continue to grow, our need for vital resources increases exponentially.
The Egg is a kinetic sound sculpture that focusses on the impact of overpopulation through an audiovisual live sonification. Driven by real-time data generated by the Worldometer, an algorithm recording births and deaths, the shape of the sculpture is constantly changing.
The data produced by the Worldometer is converted into infrasound. These audio frequencies are too low to be heard but powerful enough to cause the subwoofer to produce movement, air pressure, and sound vibrations that interact with the flexible membrane of the egg. This creates unpredictable patterns that continuously reshape the sculpture. The Egg is made out of natural rubber, a high-tech latex material produced from tree bark.
Producer: Marco Barotti
Co-producers: DYSTOPIE sound art festival,
Tokyo Biennale, and Bildstörung Festival
Assistant: Alex Blondeau
Programming: Pim Boreel
Text: Anna Anderegg
Supported by: Cycling ’74 and Worldometer
Marco Barotti (ITA)
is a media artist based in Berlin. His work is driven by the desire to invent an artistic language in which a fictional post-futurist era is expressed through kinetic sound interventions in natural and urban environments. These artworks serve as a metaphor for the anthropogenic impact on the planet and aim to make people aware of environmental issues.