Ripple Effect: Communicating Water Quality Data through Sonic Vibrations
AffiliationSchool of Art, University of Arizona
Department of Environmental Science, University of Arizona
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CitationB. Kaufmann, D., Hamidi, N., Palawat, K., & Ramirez-Andreotta, M. (2021). Ripple Effect: Communicating Water Quality Data through Sonic Vibrations. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series.
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AbstractPollution in real time can be incredibly powerful, but is difficult to communicate. Persistent deterioration of land, air, and water are largely invisible to the eye and camera lens. What if water itself could visualize its quality and perform the level of contamination? Ripple Effect is an environmental art installation that reveals water contamination through sonic vibrations and light. Using software technology, water contamination levels are translated into sound waves. The installation consists of speakers that play gdata sound tracks', which vibrate water held in attached trays. Participants see and hear the water vibrate based on contaminant concentrations. This paper describes the concept, data-To-sound process, implementation, and participant evaluation surrounding the installation of Ripple Effect in communities neighboring resource extraction and other industrial activity. While there are many existing artworks that visualize environmental quality, Ripple Effect is novel in its use of local water quality data and interactive technology that allows the primary medium, water, to communicate directly with the participant. © 2021 Owner/Author.
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SponsorsNational Science Foundation's Division of Research and Learning ð Advancing Informal STEM Learning Program
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