sketches

Stylised shapes of five primary tectonic plates are comprised of several secondary tectonic plates that create friction when movement is stimulated by the motors. The thrust produces arrhythmical sound. The motors are triggered by an algorithm based on micro-seismic field recordings. It may trigger individual or several plates at the same time depending on the intensity, duration, frequency and rhythm of the crackling sound. Each secondary tectonic plate is basically a sieve on top of which a mass of black coal is placed. By inducing movement the coal is grounded into dust that sieves through the net and falls on the white landscape beneath.

Crust_making_of_skice_IIIx

Tectonic plates are suspended on different levels approx. 80 centimetres apart, just enough for a person to walk between them. They are suspended slightly higher than the eye level to immerse a person amid the plates. Each tectonic plate has its own corresponding landscape with geographic topology. The black dust is distinctly visible in the mid-air when micro-seismic movement is induced.

Crust_making_of_skice_IIIx2

Secondary tectonic plates are suspended on strings. The motors are attached at the bottom of the plates and controlled by Arduino, programmed according to data taken from field recordings of microseismic movements. On the floor there is a white landscape with geographic topology. The shape of landscape is parallel and identical to the shape of individual tectonic plate. The dust that sieves through the sieve is falling down on the landscape, changing its geographic topology.

Crust_making_of_skice_IIIx3

The humming, crackling, friction sounds are a live representation of seismic noise.

Advertisements