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Vernissage: CORALS


June 09, 2023 Icon 16:30 - 20:00


Main building of the TU Berlin, ground floor, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin

Exhibition opening: All interested parties are cordially invited

CORALS: A kinetic sound sculpture driven by data and machine learning models

Location: UNI_VERSUM, main building of TU Berlin, ground floor, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin
Date & Time:    Friday, June 09, 2023, 4:30pm
Agenda: 4:30pm Welcome: Prof. Dr. Konrad Rieck, BIFOLD Group Lead
  4:40pm Introduction: Dr. Claudia Schnugg, Curator; Marco Barotti, Artist in Residence; Dr. Oliver Eberle, BIFOLD researcher
  5:10pm Viewing: CORALS & Reception


Swansong of the reefs?

With CORALS, Italian artist Marco Barotti takes his kinetic sound sculptures to a new level. He invites the audience to immerse themselves in an underwater environment that provides a multi-sensory experience. In a series of animal and plant-like sculptures, Barotti attempts to find the "meta" creature that represents the ecosystems his artworks are investigating. His data-driven sculptures reflect the interdependence of human activity, technological development, and environmental issues. CORALS provides insights into the precarious situation of coral reefs and the complex scientific research behind their restoration. 
The sculptures respond with movements to current remote sensing data from satellite observations. Using special machine learning algorithms, this data from coral bleaching alert areas is incorporated not only into the movement of the objects, but also into the sound and light of the entire installation.

A jury led by Austrian curator Dr. Claudia Schnugg selected Italian media artist Marco Barotti for the BIFOLD Artist in Residence program titled "Art of Entanglement" from about 20 submissions. The program, set up together with TU Berlin's Science Gallery initiative, aims to combine artistic and scientific perspectives on artificial intelligence.
"In the past months, several BIFOLD scientists have engaged with Marco Barotti and his art on different levels. This kind of engagement provides insights into new worlds - both for the artist and the scientists, and a new perspective on their own work," sums up Prof. Dr. Volker Markl, BIFOLD Director. “We are delighted that this cooperation has now resulted in an installation that makes the topic of artificial intelligence tangible for a broader public on many levels," adds Prof. Dr. Klaus-Robert Müller, BIFOLD Director. 

CORALS will be on display until July 7, 2023 at the UNI_VERSUM in the main building of the TU Berlin. The exhibition will be open daily for the public.