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Artificial Nature

Finn Arundel

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Artificial Nature is a video and sonic work, aestheticising scientific tools and knowledge. It is the result of an artist-in-residency program at Testing Grounds, and is exhibiting as part of Public Art Park 2023.

The work utilises satellite imagery from the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 mission. The method of band wavelength combinations is reinterpreted for aesthetic purposes, with a series of false colour images produced alongside scientific true-colour and infrared combinations.

The sonic component of the work is created through a data-sonification of an EOSDIS data-set, comprising global natural disaster events from the year 1970 to 2021. Through a series of software, the data is played through month by month, with a specific note assigned to each category of disaster, which is triggered if the event occurs in the selected month.

View the artist’s residency journal to view the process of work’s creation.

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