In The Air is an immersive light and soundscape that uses data from Antarctic ice-core samples to visualise chemical changes in the Earth’s atmosphere. Hypnotic music and mesmerising light envelop pedestrians in a poetic time-lapse that condenses changes over the past 400,000 years into half an hour. Visitors lingering in the space experience the work’s rising energy as colour, movement and sound reflect the exponential rate of change in recent centuries and the clarity of data confirming human impact on the Earth’s atmosphere and climate.
Long-time collaborators, Priscilla and Gavin are interested in the delicate balance between planetary interests and human concerns. Reclaimed plastic discs that float like gravity-defying bubbles above the installation, mimic this tenuously complex relationship as they rely on the sun’s movement to wash the space with colourful, shifting light.
By looking back in time audiences are invited to explore possible futures arising from present thought and action and consider new perspectives that situate humans within our broader planetary ecology.
Gavin Sade and Priscilla Bracks have collaborated for nearly 20 years. Their work fuses traditional and electronic art through Priscilla’s sculpture and photo media practice and Gavin’s computational interactive art and music. Their work includes permanent illuminated public art and exhibitions for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei and the International Symposium of Electronic Art (Singapore 2007; Belfast 2009; Istanbul 2011).
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