“Aeolian Traces: Listening to the Resonances of Wind and Human Migration” by Ong

  • ©Joel Yuzhi Ong

  • ©Joel Yuzhi Ong




    Aeolian Traces: Listening to the Resonances of Wind and Human Migration



    Aeolian Traces is a multimedia artwork that collects human migration data to generate gusts of wind around the gallery space, closely synced to oral narratives triggered from a database of recordings. A work of data sonification and visualization, this project explores the aesthetics and socio-cultural possibilities in environmental data.


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