MICRO-MOBILITIES; 2-channel audio in 2-4 set up
“Micro-mobility is a broad term for a growing category of transportation vehicles, including electric scooters and bicycles, that provide an alternative to traditional transportation (cars, trains, buses) in cities and communities. Micro-mobility services are usually “dockless”, leverage GPS and cellular connectivity to track vehicle locations, and are designed to fulfil first mile / last mile needs.”
From: ”Micro-Mobility”, American Library Association, January 8, 2019.
Micro-mobilities investigates new alternatives to the transportation system in the context of expanding invisible environments, increasing exposure to electrosmog and possible changes in the soundscape connected to it.The introduction of micro-mobility vehicles is an interesting change in the way of exploring the city by the citizens and by tourists. Experience of the street life, cityscape, passers-by and of the sound environment accelerates from the pace of 5 km of a walk to 12 km or even 20 km per hour.
At the same time, the list of post-introduction issues is growing. They are among others: safety use, rising of accidents rate, vandalism, hacking as well as concerns about visual pollution and an impact on the environment. Each e-scooter is feed with a battery, equipped with GPS chips and cellular connection. With real-time tracking, every ride, as well as information given about the rider, is recorded. Even unloaded or broken scooters broadcast their location to the GPS so that they can be found and collect for charging. Constantly emitting signal e-vehicles became a noticeable source of electrosmog.
Installation is based on data detected with a device for electromagnetic listening in the area of Berlin. The sound structure consists of recordings of electromagnetic fields produced by abandoned micro-mobility devices. They were found in the bushes, parks, laying on the sidewalks, streets, by the entrance to the underground, shopping mall or by cemetery gates. Detected sounds fade in and fades out in randomized time intervals.