The Ocean of Possibility is a sound installation dedicated to exploring the relationships between technology sounds, the environment, and fish. Is intended to promote a dialogue about the effect of the artificial sounds we impose underwater on marine life.
The aquarium is divided into nine virtual zones, each representing sounds that the fish would hear in their natural environment: sounds of water, sounds of other fish and marine animals, sounds produced by land animals and also by humans, machines, music, and finally—the void, emptiness—hinting at the possible future of the Oceans a possible future but could elapse if nothing is done to change our ways of producing and consuming toxic materials.
Every object in the aquarium is made from repurposed plastic: bottles cut and moulded to look like underwater plants, vinyl records that become a sort of ocean floor. Bottle caps and other pieces of plastic waste become “coral polyps”, intended to draw attention to the fact that we use plastic excessively and that it often ends up in the oceans.
This project poses a number of fundamental questions such as: will the fish learn to swim to avoid the sounds that they don’t like? Will they learn to swim to trigger the sounds they do like? How will the fish respond to the artificial plastic and their environment? How will the sounds in their environment affect their modes of communication, navigation, and reproduction?
In the Ocean of Possibility, through interactivity and movement the fish become conductors of an orchestra of natural and human sounds. Through their movements they function simultaneously as observers and creators. In this way, the work becomes a living sonic sculpture.
This installation was commissioned by Anne-Marie Belley as part of the exposition “L’art Est Vivant” that took place between November 27, 2016 and February 5, 2017 at the Maison Des Arts de Laval. It was created in collaboration with Amer Rashid (Architect) and Freida Abtan (Programming).