Co•–st•–l W•–ve Tr•–nsl•–tor ()
Created with Kynan TanDevon Ward
(Wave data collected from NOAA, microcomputer, custom-built speakers, solar panel, marine battery)
1000mm x 1700mm x 500m
Find the live sound here: coastalwavetranslator.net
Co•–st•–l W•–ve Tr•–nsl•–tor is a continuously updating sound composition that translates wave data, collected from weather buoys located in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, into sound. This work offers a meditation on the unseen, intermediary space between borders: the space where countless traverse, the space that continues to rise.
Wave data was collected from buoys near Manus, Nauru and Christmas Islands—locations of Australia’s offshore detention centres—and Kiribati, a nation increasingly impacted by the rising tides caused by climate change. Drawing on oceanic communication and morse code, the work creates a sensory proposition of the distress signals tied to the ocean.
When faced with issues of immense scale and complexity, this work takes an alternative approach to consider that which is distant, obscured and imperceptible: focusing on the data regarding the movement of the ocean. This project was originally presented as an installation at Perth’s Elizabeth Quay. By channeling this data into sound through Perth’s latest waterfront development, this installation acts as a distress beacon that questions how we are truly developing.
This project was first exhibited at RAFT: an independent art-space housed on a pontoon made from verge-collected materials. Wave data is collected and continuously translated to sound from ocean buoys courtesy of the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s open database. Special thanks to Trevor Ward for his help with database development. This project was possible due to the generosity of the Tan Family and their tools.