The responsive kinetic installation Sonoseismic Earth presents Earth in the age of the Anthropocene; the age that has witnessed disruptions in the Earth’s systems on a planetary scale. It makes a possible entry into a planetary perspective, into the sensual and haptic relationship between the human and the planet.

The depletion of fossil fuels in the earth’s crust causes tectonic cracks; hence, in the installation, the globe is gradually polluted. The rendering of seismographic shifts intensifies with the proximity of human beings. The planet emits the infrasonic sound of earthquakes, a warning frequency, recognised by the more sensitive beings as a sign of danger. With the acoustic environment humans are caught in the drama of the endless circulation of capital. The installation contains a solution of water and fossil fuels that is squeezed out of the globe and produces a poignant odor, making the pollution tangible for the senses. The water is not cleaned, as it is part of a planetary metabolic rift. Sonoseismic Earth tries to condense the effect of the fossil fuel industry into an experience of carbon war waged against all life forms on the planet.

Concept: Saša Spačal and Ida Hiršenfelder
Associate professionals: Mirjan Švagelj, Anil Podgornik
Production and development of the artwork: KID Kibla, Maribor, 2015 and Aksioma, Ljubljana, 2017
Supported by: The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana