There's more to Kentucky than meets the eye.
Many of the systems that sustain this enchanted neck of the woods are [in]visible, including groundwater. If we can't see the water that runs beneath the Bluegrass, it's difficult to imagine how our actions impact this valuable resource...and how groundwater affects our everyday.
Livestream tunes up perceptual affordances, so that individuals can tune out of habitual patterns, and tune in to an increased environmental awareness. How? Play.
Livestream: A Public Art Installation
During this initial phase of the Livestream project, monitoring stations will be installed in springs and wells throughout Kentucky. Each station will transmit data to the Kentucky Geological Survey's (KGS) Groundwater Data Repository that measures :
Using sonification software, Livestream will translate this data into a musical score composed by local artists, beginning with Ben Sollee. The resulting sound tracks will be uploaded to an art installation situated in one of Lexington's public parks.
This interactive sculpture will be fabricated out of 20 water pipes divided into clusters that correlate with Kentucky's physiographic regions (including the Inner and Outer Bluegrass; Knobs; Eastern and Western Coal Fields; Jackson Purchase; Eastern and Western Pennyroyal) where groundwater is being monitored.
Each pipe will house a unique library of sounds that represent 01 of the 05 groundwater parameters being measured.
Each pipe will be connected to a speaker equipped with a sensor that is activated when motion is detected. As individuals move through this dynamic installation, they will essentially, play the ground!
Seeing is believing. Or is it? Since the days of Aristotle, Western culture has privileged sight as the arbiter of truth, knowledge, and reality. Our language and cultural practices are littered with visual metaphors. In this context, the world around us is reduced to a spectacle within which we are mere spectators. As environmental activist and poet, Wendell Berry observes, "For humans to have a responsible relationship to the world, they must imagine their places in it.”
By actively engaging individuals in the cultivation of one of Kentucky's most valuable resources–imagination– Livestream serves as an innovative model for learning that reframes how individuals perceive their environment and, consequently, themselves.