Earthbound — In Dialogue with Nature

Sissel Marie Tonn & Jonathan Reus

«The Intimate Earthquake Archive», 2016 - ongoing

Sissel Marie Tonn’s interactive installation The Intimate Earthquake Archive allows us, via waistcoats equipped with sensors, to experience man-made earthquakes caused by gas drilling in the Dutch province of Groningen over the last 34 years. Tonn employs data from numerous archives, including the digital database of the Netherlands Meteorological Institute, where all seismic activity is registered and archived. Visitors wearing the specifically designed waistcoats receive information from these records by standing between a series of radio-transmitting cores. Each transmits the record of one of the 12 strongest man-made earthquakes, translating archival data into sound vibrations through direct manipulation. The resulting compositions stimulate “deep listening” in the body. By connecting digitised seismic activity with the sentient species, the installation allows us to experience the physical effects of man-made geological changes.

Sissel Marie Tonn (DK) uses her artistic practice to explore the complex ways in which people perceive, interact, and connect with their environment. Her hybrid, interactive installations and objects invite the audience to engage with stories and data in a sensory and participatory manner. Tonn studied film and media studies and graduated with a Masters degree in Artistic Research from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she has received several grants and awards. Together with Jonathan Reus and Flora Reznik, she is co-founder of the artist initiative Platform for Thought in Motion. Sissel Marie Tonn lives and works in The Hague.

The Intimate Earthquake Archive uses embedded sensors that vibrate through electromagnetic currents. We caution visitors who are sensitive to vibrations or electromagnetic radiation (e.g. have a pacemaker) that participation is at their own risk.