MARCO BAROTTI – WOODPECKERS

Electromagnetic radiation is an integral part of the environment in which humanity has lived in since its inception. In addition to electromagnetic fields of natural origin; such as the earth’s magnetic field, visible spectrum of light, UV rays, cosmic radiation, radiation of radioactive elements  in earth’s crust and others; we also began producing electromagnetic fields of technical origin with the process of electrification. 

Woodpeckers represent the results of the artist’s exploration into the possibility of a robot, which would detect and react to electromagnetic radiation (EMR). Sound objects are programmed and configured to read various EMR spectrums. They interpret the waves with a pattern of movement, simulating the movement of these birds during their knocking on and shaping of the wood. The robots convert invisible radiation, caused by wireless technologies such as mobile phones, into vocal and visible form. They are attached to street signs, lamplights or any other metal parts of the urban landscape with the help of magnets. Their actions cause an ever changing counterpoint to the existing sounds of the city bustle. 

The artist created this project in co production with: In Situ, Lieux Public, Bildst├Ârung Festival, La Strada Graz, Oerol Festival, Arts and Theatre Institute, supported by: Ministry of Culture and Science of the Federal State of Northrhein-Westfalia, City of Detmold, SACD / Auteurs d’Espaces, Phoenix Contact, Audio Ag, RME, Gigahertz Solutions, Dayton Audio.