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CORALS at Tokyo Biennale 2023

Data-driven sculptures intertwine human activity, technological development, climate change and marine pollution

From September 23 to November 5, 2023, visitors of the Tokyo Biennale can view the installation CORALS. The sculpture was created by Italian media artist Marco Barotti as part of the Art of Entanglement program. This artistic residency program was initiated in 2022 by the Berlin Institute for the Foundations of Learning and Data (BIFOLD).

CORALS offers insights into the precarious state of coral reefs worldwide and the complex scientific research behind their restoration. The sculptures respond with movements to current remote sensing data from satellite observations as well as other environmental data from collaborating research institutions. Using special machine learning algorithms, the 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.

More information about CORALS at the Tokyo Biennale:

Artist portrait
Marco Barotti is the first artist in residence of the "Art of Entanglement" program. Meet him in his studio and learn more about the impact of data science and machine learning to CORALS.
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Dive deeper into the CORALS installation: watch the BIFOLD documentary on Youtube showcasing the artwork's creation.