Marco Barotti (IT/DE) is a media artist based in Berlin. After music studies at the Siena Jazz Academy, he began merging sound with visual art, focusing on interventions in urban and natural surroundings. His work has been exhibited internationally in nGbK Gallery (Berlin), Saatchi Gallery (London), Museo Würth La Rioja (Agoncillo, Spain), Futurium (Berlin), List í Ljósi Light Festival (Iceland), Lisboa Soa (Lisbon), Nuit Blanche (Brussels), Emaf (Osnabrück, Germany), Polytech Festival (Moscow), Platoon Mexico City, and Urban Lights Ruhr (Hamm, Germany).
My work is driven by a desire to invent an artistic language where a fictional post-futurist era is expressed through audio-visual interventions in natural and urban environments. These installations merge audio technology, e-waste and consumer objects into moving sculptures triggered entirely by sound. The primary focus of my work involves creating a “tech ecosystem” that plays with a resemblance to animals that have a strong identity in our cultures. These artworks serve as a metaphor for the anthropogenic impact on the planet and aim to make people aware of certain environmental issues.
kinetic sound installation, 2019
In nature, clams are detectors of pollutants; they serve as tiny filtration systems. Inspired by this natural phenomenon, Marco Barotti is now presenting his new work Clams, a kinetic sound installation triggered by water quality. Real-time data is streamed by a sensor and converted into an audio signal. The audio signal generates a live evolving soundscape which initiates the opening and closing movements of the Clam sculptures. Sound and motion unite to create an experience that allows the audience to see and hear the water quality in real time. The Clams sculptures are made from recycled industrial plastic waste. The artwork intends to raise awareness about water and plastic pollution.