Radio Rocher

Device – Artistic Installation
SDG  11. Sustainable cities and Communities / 15. Life On Land
Team Dorota Orlof, Amanda Lewis, Bidisha Das, Baptiste Natali
Designed in 2019
Degree of maturity – Prototype


_ Challenge

Reconnect city dwellers with the natural world. How can we resolve the disconnection from nature that is felt in the concrete canyons of the city?


_ Approach & Solution

The team decided to form the collective Telenatura Lab and bring nature into the city to remind city dwellers that thay are part of a much larger ecosystem. The first prototype designed by Telenatura Lab is Radio Rocher, an interactive sculpture. It’s a connected rock (rocher in French) that broadcasts sounds of waves, birds, buzzing insects and more, recorded in real-time around the world. Just like holding a seashell against your ear to hear the sound of the sea, users are prompted to put an ear against one of the cracks in the rock face, where a soundscape transports the listener to places such as New York, Kyoto or thecamp’s garden.

Listen Closely. Radio Rocher seeks to connect its public not just with nature, but with a global ecosystem. The installation draws its sounds from the open-source platform Locusonus, to which it also contributes via a special sound recording device set up at thecamp. These devices can be set up anywhere, since they are powered by solar panels and transmit 24/24 over cellular networks. I

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