In fall 2016 The Eye at the Van Abbemuseum was transformed into The Intimate Earthquake Archive. This is an interactive installation that allows participants to experience compositions made from seismic recordings of gas-induced earthquakes, recorded by the Dutch Meteorological Institute in Groningen. When I visited people in Slochteren (a small town in Groningen) I was intrigued with their visceral descriptions of experiencing earthquakes. My aim with the installation is to present the visitors with information about these earthquakes through sensory experience.
The installation consists of hanging capsules – each emitting an earthquake recorded in Groningen through a long-wave radio system created by Carsten Tonn-Petersen. The public is invited to put on wearable 'tactile vests' with inbuilt transducer speakers, developed by Marije Baalman, Jonathan Reus-Brodsky and Sissel Marie Tonn. These modules react to the transmitters in the installation, which allows the wearer to explore the vibrations of the earthquakes on the body.
Doron Sadja - Live at Steim Summerparty, Bimhuis Amsterdam
Kevin MacLeod - Clean Soul Calming
Chris Zabriskie - Candlepower
Audionautix - Namaste
Video by Tanja Busking
The project was made possible with the support of: Stichting Niemeijer, Van Abbemuseum, TNO - innovation for life, KNMI and Stroom Den Haag
The system works on the amazing BELA (bela.io)