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Forest Waves

Luís Luzia

Edigma Semibreve Scholar winner

“Forest Waves” is a sound installation that aims to communicate the degradation of the Portuguese forest throughout the last decades. This unique ecosystem has been in a continuous state of decline and degradation due to human impact, namely in regards of the widespread of introduced species such as the eucalyptus.

The installation uses two techniques to convey information: soundscapes and data sonification. The soundscapes were recorded in two distinct areas of Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês: in Mata da Albergaria (an autochthonous forest) and a eucalyptus plantation. The data sonification is a musical composition created with data related to the occupied area in the national territory by a specific species, translating their evolution along the years. The selected species were the eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), the maritime pine (Pinus pinaster) and different oak species (genus Quercus), due to their abundancy and/or importance in autochthonous ecosystems.

‘Forest Waves’ seeks to explore new ways to communicate science, taking advantage of the artistic medium’s great potential to convey qualitative information by appealing to the audience’s sensibilities and emotions.

Edigma Semibreve Scholar winner

Forest Waves

by Luís Luzia