The project explores the imprint that living things left in the world, creating a different way of perceiving audio information by encoding the communication audio signals of belugas into landscape elements.

Our auditory perception processes the signals that belugas send to the environment. The environment for belugas is water, spreading their sounds, screams, and vibration from expelling stale air from their blowhole during breathing. These signals from an auditory landscape representing the presence of belugas in the world, opening up opportunities for communication with them. However, people cannot perceive this picture through auditory means.

The landscape becomes a medium for transmitting audio signals (instead of air or water), a platform for their interpretation and dialogue of views.

To create the audio landscape, we used data obtained in the study of acoustic and kinematic behavior of white whales in captivity (Pereverzev A.A., Kuznetsov M.Yu., Kuznetsov Yu.A., Naumov D.G., Sirenko V.G., Sirenko G.V.) in 2019.

Observations of animals and recording of their acoustic signals were carried out at the BIMM of the Primorskiy Oceanarium from October 6 to October 31, 2019. The number of belugas in the hydrophone area is four females 6-7 years old. In total, about 67 hours of recordings were received during the research period.

Of all the entries, entries containing key patterns of beluga behavior were selected. The recording data was resampled and processed; the parameters of the frequency oscillations were used as the starting points for the coordinate system.

Project by Vlad Kononkov
Led by Maria Kuptsova

Made in Far Eastern Federal University, –Da. Master Program in Digital Art. School of Digital Economics.