oh o salinity
installation; video, sound, music, structure, salt, blackthorn metal structures, performance
September 2022 - Set Woolwich, London, UK
August / September 2022 - Burning Man Festival, USA (eight channel version)
June 18th - July 31st 2022, Hari Artspace, Hull, UK
performance - May 26th 2022, Humber Street Gallery, Hull, UK
April 20th - June 12th 2022, Humber Street Gallery, Hull, UK
suppose the difference
As the planet warms, salinity levels increase, changing the density of sound channels used by aquatic life.
salt holds us
a performative object
we call to our side
the fragility of all species
the planet becomes
saltier and saltier
washed and bleached by salinity.
I am drawn to the fluctuation of salt in the global water cycle - salinity - an interesting natural barrier of protection for the environment, with various other qualities, such as its use by certain life forms to assist communication. Salt is needed for life, in terms of its chemical position in evolution but it also is a layer of damage able to corrode surfaces, including human-built structures.
salt as a performative, symbolic material.
the crystal detector - Jez riley French & Pheobe riley Law
OH O SALINITY - by Pheobe riley Law
at Burning Man 2022
with new mixes for the 54 speaker Sonic Sphere / Kugel Auditorium installation, alongside works by Jennifer Walshe & Matilde Meireles An estimated 15,000 people accessed the sphere to listen over the course of the festival.
thanks to Merijn Royaards & the team for the invite & all the work in the sand storms of the Nevada desert.
Photos of Sonic Sphere by Kugel Collective
review in The Critical Fish (November 2022)
extract; "Delicate piles of materials laid out on the table invite us into a ritual dedicated to the process of salinisation, a ritual embedded deeply in earthliness and scientific experimentation."
soundtrack to the film element of oh o salinity is available via banndcamp;
o o s (extract).mp3