[ISEA2020] Artist Statement: Marco Barotti — Clams, Swans, Woodpeckers

Artist Statement

Video documentation of selected kinetic sound sculptures for ISEA2020. Clams triggered by water quality; Swans, tech waste and wildlife; Woodpeckers transform electro-smog into drumming patterns.

Clams (2020): vimeo.com/482577405
Swans (2015): vimeo.com/165865753
Woodpeckers (2019): vimeo.com/388203697

  • Marco Barotti is a media artist based in Berlin, Germany. After music studies at the Siena Jazz Academy, he began merging sound with visual art. His work is driven by a desire to invent an artistic language in which a fictional post-futurist era is expressed through kinetic sound interventions in natural and urban environments. His installations merge audio technology, consumer objects and waste into moving sculptures triggered entirely by sound. The primary focus of his work is to create a “tech ecosystem” that plays with resemblances to animals. These artworks serve as a metaphor for the anthropogenic impact on the planet and aim to make people aware of environmental issues. His work has been exhibited internationally in: Ars Electronica (Linz) Saatchi Gallery (London), Futurium (Berlin), Polytech Festival (Moscow), Fact (Liverpool), Wro Art Center (Wroclaw) NGBK Gallery (Berlin), Würth Museum (La Rioja) Emaf (Osnabrück), Lisboa Soa (Lisbon), Nuit Blanche (Brussels), Platoon (Mexico City), Urban Lights Ruhr (Hamm), and List í Ljósi Light Festival (Iceland)