Crust: Sonosesmic Landscape is challenging common knowledge about the Earth’s surface. It is a response to the meanings assigned to geographic features that are presented as universal truths learned in schools, essentially subjected to ideologies and geopolitical powers backed up by scientific facts. Not to dismiss any of this facts per se, we only propose another view of the Earth’s layers and insinuate some measure of disobedience to “common knowledge”.
The way we see it – even when speaking about the Earth from a human scale – the crust is not to be viewed as a still and unchangeable surface that separates atmosphere and the rock, but rather as a perforated, penetrable and flexible membrane. Learning that seismic noise is mostly generated by wind and ocean waves or even vehicle traffic and industrial activity, we started to explore the tonality in the crust and ended up with ubiquitous humming and cracking sound that allures the ever present listening.
We designed a proposition for a new world map based on five tectonic plates that would promote a more flexible vision of the world’s landscape. Our world is turned upside down. The anonymous white surface is attracting sediments of black dust, slowly reshaping the ground beneath. The humming and cracking layer of the sound is an on-site simulation of seismic noise. The shaking of a particular tectonic plate created by motors is triggered by an algorithm based on analysis of sound and rhythm in the field recordings from Mount Etna, thus the intensity, duration, frequency and location of the shaking resembles promulgation of microseismic movements.