Invisible Habitat (2021)

‚Invisible Habitats‘ is an interactive sound installation dealing with the transformation of our (sonic) environment. The Ficus Benjamina, a tree originated in the tropical and subtropical zone of east Asia is nowadays more known for his use as a decorative plant is placed uprooted in an old apartment. The sound draws the image of a tropical environment. Through movement in the room, the sound morphs towards an artificial and urban soundscape, which can be morphed back again through a decrease of movement. Today’s urban environment is strongly human made and urban noise is one of the biggest health issues in European cities. This transformation of environment takes place gradually and silently. The line between natural and artificial surroundings blurs, while we are creating a new habitat for ourselves. Sometimes it is important to slow down and listen instead of move, in order to recalibrate.