Installation with video monitor, analog bass synthesizer, loudspeaker, microphone, laptop computer
A Sea of Acid is an aesthetic speculation about the consequences of the rapid rise in acidity levels in the oceans worldwide. Due the amount of man-made CO2 released in the atmosphere, the increasingly acidic seas have already had a strong impact on coral reefs worlwide and
threatening the survival of most existing marine species beyond the next decades.
In this installation, a TV set displays a video recording of a tranquile beach scenery with waves crashing on the shore. The sound of the waves, however, is captured by a microphone that interfaces with an analog synthesizer, which in turns performs synth phrases that follow the movements of the waves and are characteristic of the Acid music popular in the 1990s.
The futuristic, synthetic sounds pay an hommage to Phuture (the most iconic Acid House
producer) while creating a stark contrast to the otherwise soothing, natural sounds of the
waves. Through the synth phrases, the installation entails not only a direct association with
the acidity of the oceans, but suggests a reflection on the analogy between the drug-driven,
never-ending hedonistic parties and raves in which this music genre developed and the
unstoppable desire of our society to feast in material excess despite the impending collapse of