In order to have a responsible relationship with the world, as environmental activist and author Wendell Berry notes, we must be able to imagine our places in it. To this end,
Livestream makes the invisible, visible...and audible.
How? By translating groundwater data from across Kentucky into interactive soundscapes that manifest as public art installations—the first of which is being constructed in Lexington's Jacobson Park!
You see, this maze of pipes is actually an invitation to engage with the vast network of people, places, policies and practices that construct Kentucky's water ways. Each pipe represents 1 of 3 springs in different physiographic regions of the state.
Using a custom-designed sonification toolkit, the Livestream sculpture translates data measuring each spring's conductivity, temperature and flow into sound. These sounds are composed by local musicians, beginning with Ben Sollee!
The volume of sounds is contingent upon individuals' engagement—move toward a pipe and the volume increases, move away and the volume decreases. So, walking through the park, folks literally play the ground!
By bringing individuals in direct dialogue with the water that runs beneath the Bluegrass, Livestream challenges perceptions of this vast, albeit primarily [in]visible, infrastructure.