Samuel Stubblefield and Joshua Borsman often use digital technology to connect individuals to broader nature and natural systems, as in the case of their work for the European Cultural Centre in Venice, Italy.
This work created autogenerative sound and visual compositions driven by real-time data from internet-connected buoys placed throughout the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. While listening to the composition, the audience is immediately connected to real events that are happening in the vastness of nature. Using the internet as the connective tissue and ocean activity as the composer, the ever-evolving experience asks the audience to rethink their relationship to the internet and nature. The sound is not only accessible within the European Cultural Centre, but is projected from the world’s loudest battery-operated speakers placed in the hulls of traditional battelli code di gambero shrimping boats. The boats, deployed throughout the city of Venice during the 2017 Biennale di Venezia, reshape the urban environment with data-driven sound. The expression layers in broader society, moving nature to the front of consciousness within a context that typically denies a meaningful connection to nature.