'Wetland' is of a pool of digital media assets (sounds and video loops) that respond to fluctuations in a regional water authority's water monitoring system.

Pre-determined parameters are mapped to various attributes of two video channels and eight audio channels. Changing data values affect the selection, colour, volume and modulation, etc of the media assets.

In central Victoria, the Coliban Water Authority monitors more than 220 sites with 7,500 data points that include values such as reservoir levels, flow rates, pressure levels, pump run times and water quality parameters such as pH, chlorine and turbidity.

Employing this data to control the media assets means that every property connected to the reticulated water system acts as part of an interface. Every flush of a toilet, use of a washing machine or even the simple act of turning a tap on or off can effect change in the exhibition space.

By simply substituting the data of one water authority with that from another, 'Wetland' becomes intimately relevant in any regional context and the changing data values ensure a continually unique exhibition.


'Wetland' consists of four main elements:
Data provided by a local water authority, a library of natural water sounds, a library of video loops and two sculptural panels.


A panel of rolled 50mm stainless steel tubes stacked horizontally invokes the notion of storage while the other, constructed of 19mm tubes arranged vertically, suggests flow. An array of loudspeakers is built into each panel and projectors are programmed to display videos on the curved surfaces without distortion.


Water monitoring data is sent by the participating water authority to a computer in the exhibition space. 'Wetland' uses a large number of parameters such as inward/outward pump pressure values, pH balances, turbidity etc., to control the various attributes of eight audio channels and two video channels.


Sound loops are selected, triggered or manipulated by incoming data. Attributes such as volume, pitch and modulation are affected. Eight audio outputs are connected to loudspeakers embedded inside the panels as well as being placed discretely around the exhibition space.


A video loop is projected onto each of the curved panels. Loops are selected and manipulated by incoming data. Attributes such as playback speed and RGB colour values can be changed as well the application of blur, displacement and mosaic filters.



'Wetland' was permanently retired in 2018 after touring galleries and festivals in regional Victoria.