A Study of Scarred Landscapes

“A Device for the Study of Scarred Landscapes,” is an open source multi-layered pollution sensing device which allows the user to interact with the environment by revealing invisible information about the land. The device is a tool of engagement as the user travels to different landscapes. While it serves as a scientific tool for collecting environmental data, it is also an instrument of interpretation as it creates generative sounds based on the data collected combined with nature sound recordings of the investigated spaces. The sounds are deep and electronic, referencing the artificial nature of the pollutants they are sensing. Depending on the pollution levels of the area, the sounds range from low and steady to aggressively high frequency. Through this field work, the artist searches for new ways to interact with and understand the land in order to critically examine her relationship with the earth.