Clams is an award-winning collection of kinetic sound sculptures which convert data from water quality sensors into sounds and movement. Each ‘clam’ is constructed from recycled waste plastic and contains a speaker. The continuously evolving microtonal soundscape gives each shell a subtle, life-like opening and closing action. Real-time readings from an industry-standard water purity sensor placed in the river Tagus in Lisbon formed the basis for the music generated through a constantly shifting process based on water quality levels over time.
Clams invited the audience to draw connections between media art, data sonification and environmental sustainability.