_Foundations_2100_ is a memorial to the floods of 2100.
According to climate models created by Geoscience Australia, by the year 2100 sea levels could rise high enough to completely flood the foreshore of Perth, Western Australia. The result could leave nearby roads and parks underwater, including Elizabeth Quay, Langley Park, Terrace Road and portions of Adelaide Terrace.
In light of these projections _Foundations_2100_ is a sound installation that offers a space to contemplate the changes that could take place within the lifetimes of the next generation. The installation is composed of the basic formwork necessary to build a concrete seawall. If we think about our collective future, we should consider what kind of walls we really want to build. Seawalls may be best.
_Foundations_2100_ is located at the Roe St. Footbridge in Perth, Western Australia. This installation sits between the Perth Train Station and the Perth Cultural centre, and functions as a space to contemplate our collective future. The sound is procedurally generated using the webAudio API and will play continuously for forty days, from 17 July to 26 August 2017. However, here, on this website, the sound will play continuously from 17 July 2017 until 17 July 2100, assuming the internet is still high and dry by then.
_Foundations_2100_ was commissioned by Transart, Perth's ephemeral art initiative and was part of Perth's Winter Art Season.
This project is a collaboration between Devon Ward and Kynan Tan.
Devon Ward is an artist who works with digital and living systems to examine how contemporary technologies impact notions of place, scale and identity.
Kynan Tan is an artist working with multisensory digital media to explore systems of computation and control.
_Foundations_2100_ is a sound installation that memorialises the floods of 2100.
Based on climate models created by Geoscience Australia, Perth's foreshore could be flooded by the year 2100. Theses models served as the starting point for this artwork. The installation mimics the basic formwork necessary to build a concrete seawall that is 12 metres long, 40 centimetres wide and 2.4 metres high. It is equipped with a solar panel and two speakers that are installed in the centre of the timber structure. These speakers will continuously play a sound composition from 17 July to 26 August 2017. The seawall is installed outside the Perth Train Station on footbridge above Roe Street and serves as a reminder of what may await the next generation.
The sound composition is procedurally generated and is based on the climate models predicted by 2100. The composition uses nine audio samples that are called based the current time signatures. Sound is generated directly from the browser using the Web Audio API and a raspberryPi. At the installation the composition will play for forty days, from 17 July to 26 August 2017.
However, here, at this site the sound will play until 17 July 2100.