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MICRO-MOBILITIES

2020
2-channel audio in 2-4 setups
excerpt: 8:57 min
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“Micro-mobility is a broad term for a growing category of transportation vehicles, including electric scooters and bicycles, that provide an alternative to traditional transportation (cars, trains, buses) in cities and communities. Micro-mobility services are usually “dockless”, leverage GPS and cellular connectivity to track vehicle locations, and are designed to fulfill first mile / last mile needs.”

From: ”Micro-Mobility”, American Library Association, January 8, 2019.
http://www.ala.org/tools/future/trends/micromobility

Micro-mobilities investigates new alternatives to existing transportation systems in the context of expanding invisible environments, increasing exposure to electrosmog and possible changes in the soundscape, accompanying these processes.

The introduction of micro-mobility vehicles is an interesting change in the way the city is explored by citizens and tourists. Experience of the street life, cityscape, passers-by and of the sound environment accelerates from the pace of 5 km of a walk to 12 km or even 20 km per hour.
At the same time, the list of post-introduction issues regarding the new transportation system is being discussed. These issues include: safety use, rising of accidents rate, vandalism, hacking as well as concerns about visual pollution and an impact on the environment. Each escooter is feed with a battery, equipped with GPS chips and cellular connection. With real-time tracking, every ride, as well as information given about the rider, is recorded. Even unloaded or broken scooters broadcast their location to the GPS so that they can be found and collect for charging. Constantly emitting signal, e-vehicles became a new source of electrosmog.

Installation is based on data detected in the area of Berlin. The sound structure consists of recordings of electromagnetic fields produced by abandoned micro-mobility devices. They were found in the bushes, parks, laying on the sidewalks, streets, by the entrance to the underground, shopping mall or by cemetery gates. Loudspeakers in groups of 2-4 are placed in the exhibition space. Sound fades in and fades out in randomized time intervals.

set:
Medienhaus UdK Berlin – 2020
Syntopia Festival for Electronic Art; Siros – 2020

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