Multimedia artist Marco Barotti has set eight curious swans afloat in a lake near Berlin. Made from satellite dishes, seven white and one black, the 'Swans' are a poetic comment on the power mainstream TV and mass media have on society. Brought to life by sound, breeze and water, the project blends tech waste and wildlife in a beautiful and artistic way.
Barotti’s aquatic installation sails among grasses and lotus plants on the mirrored waters of a lake near the German capital. Each ‘swan’ was crafted from an old satellite dish topped by a speaker that serves as the animal’s head. But while at first sight, the birds seem to offer a peaceful scenery, but if we get closer we can hear that they make an unusual sound.
The sounds they emit were recorded in two different layers. One consisting of bass frequencies and the other one made by passing human breath through brass instruments, to provide them with voice and motion. Eight individual audio channels are used to transport the sound through the birds, bringing them to life in a beautiful yet critical way. Watch the video here!
Photos by Marco Barotti