Common Grounds

Monday, 10.10. - Wednesday, 30.11.2022 · Mon - Fri
AWI, Potsdam

What does the climate sound like?

We would like to invite you to the presentation of the joint artistic-scientific project COMMON GROUNDS at AWI Potsdam.

COMMON GROUNDS is an artistic-scientific project and was developed by Kerstin Ergenzinger and Bnaya Halperin-Kaddari from the Sono-Choreographic Collective and the Permafrost Research Group at the Alfred Wegener Institute Potsdam under the direction of Julia Boike in collaboration with Tobias Grewenig. The project would be funded by HIDA's "Art Meets Science" program in cooperation with the Academy for Theater and Digital, Dortmund, and the Alfred Wegener Institute, Potsdam.

At the center of COMMON GROUNDS is a walk-through, acoustic art installation based on a dataset of 20 years of hourly weather measurements, recorded at 78° north latitude in the Svalbard archipelago in Norway. This weather data is made audible through various sonification methods, forming a polyphonic "chorus" that compresses these 20 years into a one-hour sound loop. Within this environment, a map and audio guide help create a common ground for listening - allowing visitors to sensually experience the complexities of weather data that make up the climate in a given region.

The spatial sound and light environment can be visited from October 10 to November 30, 2022, in the attic of the A5 building of the Alfred Wegener Institute Potsdam.


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