Floi is an immersive audio installation that explores the relationship between Scotland's climate change policies and the real ecosystems that are affected, namely Scotland’s extremely important peatlands.
The installation utilises data sets obtained from Peatland Action, an ongoing restoration project led by Scotland’s nature agency. The data sets, each monitoring an aspect of peatland health, are used to inform the frequency and amplitude of individual tracks, emitting sounds of wildlife native to the area. Through a process called data sonification (the use of non-speech audio to perceptualise information) Floi makes tangible the progress made in restoring and protecting these sites through a dynamic auditory experience. Floi aims to transport these environments to the urban setting, where policies are often made, reminding us that although they might seem remote, the existence of these ecosystems and the rich variety of wildlife they support is crucial to our own survival.
The work is particularly relevant ahead of COP26, being held in Glasgow later this year, and the government’s renewed financial commitment to the Peatland Action project.