2016 to now
Displacement is an experimental sound score based on satellite data tracking of shifting dispersions of water and the slowing rotation of the Earth. The work highlights the gap between advances in technological determination and present challenges for timekeeping, as outdated empirical systems need to be reimagined.
The piano score for Displacement was created from two satellite datasets spanning from 1973 to 2016 – one tracking sea level rise, the other measuring the speed of the Earth's rotation. For this work, the two data collections were transformed into sound and then merged, to correlate shifting dispersions of water with the slowing rotation of the Earth. As pure sound, we hear the correspondence of changing sea levels and their effect on time. The accompanying video footage is a document of the Time of Ice installation in the First Light exhibition of 2009, shot by Denis Beaubois.