Clams

- Marco Barotti

The oyster is one of the best natural detector and catalyst for aquatic pollution. Oysters work as a mechanism for purification, and they are already widely deported by people, including the heavy polluted harbors of New York. Following this given, the artist Marco Barotti developed the project Clams. Clams are moving, artificial oysters that collect rainwater. These shells react to the water quality in their surroundings by detecting sound and movement. Clams is a première and residency work of Barotti in which he works towards a ultimate form of 50-80 oysters, that together create the audio artwork at Oerol and the Dutch Design Week. These artificial oysters, made from recycled plastic, speakers and sensors bring about a unique symphonic spectacle, in which water quality directs the audio composition and the movements of the oysters.