Blue Marble is an interactive audiovisual installation responding to the global climate crisis and the impact us humans are having on the planet.
A “blue marble” is projected, rippling and moving slowly with the motion of its oceans. Its procedurally generated soundscape is calming and tranquil at first, but as crisis approaches, the environment starts to change.
The installation uses machine learning techniques to identify viewers through the use of a camera. These viewers represent an over-consuming populace within the environment. When the number of viewers are low, the piece is calm and tranquil. As the number of viewers increase, the installation responds, becoming more agitated. When the number of viewers exceed the critical ecological threshold, the piece becomes dissonant, distorted and disjointed.
Ironically, the installation is at its most peaceful when there are no viewers to watch.