Anna Madeleine Raupach

Vivid Frequencies, 2022

Video of site specific AR mobile application, 3:37 min

Courtesy of the artist. Software developer: Dylan Shorten; Music: Kim Cunio; Video: Sammy Hawker

Anna Madeleine Raupach is a multidisciplinary artist who engages with science and technology to explore the friction between concurrent technological advances and environmental decline. Her practice uses computational artforms to translate astronomical and ecological science into multimedia installations, mixed reality experiences, and tactile material forms. Her research cultivates cross-disciplinary collaboration between arts and science fields to critically address socio-political issues enmeshed with climate change.

Vivid Frequencies is an augmented reality (AR) artwork that changes how we relate to the natural world by accentuating co-presence with plants. It extends our digital communication networks into dialogue with the temporal and spatial behaviours of plants that are otherwise imperceptible to humans. While moving around Mount Annan Botanic Gardens, viewers can watch or listen to the app digitally recompose the camera view and sonic landscape of the surrounding physical world. The work responds to research by the Royal Botanic Gardens that predicts environmental conditions in 2070 and models future growth maps for a selection of native Australia species. The audio-visual alterations in Vivid Frequencies are activated in response to the participant’s proximity to these species on site, returning the scientific information of herbaria collections into living ecosystems.

Translating data into a live visual language, Vivid Frequencies dismantles and reforms the image in relation to the predicted growth, loss or movement of the species over time. The audio composition signifies the average age of the species, with deeper, slower sounds signal the viewer is close to an ancient being, and lighter, faster tempos indicate shorter lifespans. Through this audio-visual code, the mobile device acts as a portal through which to tune into divergent, non-human scales of time and space that are interwoven with ours.

This work features in: SOAD Gallery (2023)