The question we collectively ask ourselves, is : how can we create an interface between humans and the wilderness?
As a team and as individuals, we have all noticed at some point in our lives the disconnection from the natural world felt within the concrete walls of the city. This is why we decided to focus on bringing nature back to the city, to remind city dwellers that they are not separate from nature. We believe that in order to maintain a certain level of empathy for non-human species and natural spaces, we believe people should realise that they are part of a larger ecosystem. As cities and wilderness are infrastructurally disconnected, we would like to rebuild the bridge between them through our work. We feel that it is crucial to be reminded that our connection exists even when we cant see it, when it feels so far away. We want to create a space where we can communicate with nature on an equal level, rather than only seeing it as only as a resource, or as an aesthetic addition
We are designing a set of objects which the user can use to interact with diverse natural habitats, which we call the TransSpecies Radio. The radio creates an audio-visual experience based on real time audio data transmitted from remote natural habitats such as La Camargue, the Amazon, and Australia. The sounds of the ocean, birds, forests, frogs, bees, will be played together in harmony on the radio.
There is a space for the human to participate in the co-creation of the experience by adding an equal input. This project intends to collaborate with existing scientific communities and NGOs for data collection.
Our audience is comprised of urban citizens who don’t have a consistent access to nature, and miss its presence in their lives.