Aeolian Traces: Listening to the Resonances of Wind and Human Migration
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Abstract
"Aeolian Traces is a multimedia artwork installed most recently at the CURRENTS NEW MEDIA festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The project collects human migration data to generate gusts of wind around the gallery space and trigger sounds in a database of recordings in the migrants’ native languages. A work of data sonification and visualization, this project is a part of the author’s long-standing interest in the aesthetics and cultural appropriations of environmental data. In Aeolian Traces, wind data is harvested as a metaphor for geographical and cultural nomadism."