Light Installation Controlled by Eco-Systems
White Night Melbourne, Melbourne Museum, AUSTRALIA, August 2019
Digital Agora, St Andrews, AUSTRALIA, September 2019
Geelong Arts Centre, AUSTRALIA, November 2019
Breathe is a light installation inspired by organic structures. This artwork features recycled acrylic tubes, printed with images of microscopic elements from natural environments. Inside the tubes are led lights. The colours and patterns of the lights are controlled by environmental changes that occur in significant international ecosystems. This immersive installation was created in response to research and field trips in the Amazon, Panama and Australia.
BREATHE provides audiences with an organic encounter, one that’s mediated by digital technology. This art lighting installation does not replicate nature. It presents hidden elements from natural environments, bringing the micro to macro scale. BREATHE uses microscopes, environmental sensing equipment and audio recording equipment (including hydrophones) to uncover aspects of nature that people cannot experience without the use of specialist tools. This installation makes concealed natural elements available to audiences in order for people to gain a new perspective and a deeper connection with our natural world.
In 2019 Betty Sargeant took part in the LabVerde: Artist Immersion in the Amazon program. During this program she conducted studies and collected environmental data from deep inside the Brazilian Amazon. The audio and environmental data she collected in the Amazon forms a core part of the BREATHE audio and visual installation.
In 2019 Betty collaborated with international environmental artists as part of the Digital Naturalism Conference and the Digital Naturalism Artist Laboratory program in Panama. This involved data collection, jungle-based field research, knowledge sharing and collaboration. The data that she collected in Panama was fed into the audio and visuals of this artwork.
Betty Sargeant ~ Artist (micrographs), technical design, producer, field recordings
Justin Dwyer ~ Artist, technical design, programmer, composer
Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller and the Exertion Games Lab, Monash University, Australia
Betty Sargeant lives and works on the unceded land of the Yaluk-ut Weelam clan who are Boon Wurrung people. She pays respect to ancestors, elders and communities.