The voice of the city, 2023

Bi, Fangchao
"The voice of the city", 2023 von Fangchao Bi

For the installation The voice of the city, Chinese artist Fangchao Bi recycles plastic waste and fishing nets from oceans and lakes, giving the material a new form: as blankets. Through the use of waste material and different sounds, the work reflects on marine pollution, a serious problem that has worsened in recent years. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, around 8 million tons of plastic waste enter the oceans around the world every year. If nothing is done about it, the weight of plastic waste in the ocean could exceed the total weight of fish by 2050.

When the wind blows through the blankets, the recycled marine fabric makes a creaking sound when it collides with the sensors attached to it. The voice of the city does not refer to a fixed sound, but to a slogan: it is a call to action, a slogan to protect our oceans. Materials recycled from the ocean are meant to remind us that we have a responsibility to reduce marine debris and improve waste disposal methods. They also reminded us that our actions have a direct impact on the fragile marine ecology.

Funded in 2022 as part of the UNESCO City of Media Arts Karlsruhe project funding program for media arts.

Part of the exhibition Media Art is Here (2023)

Runtime: 16.08.2023 – 17.09.2023

Location: Otto-Dullenkopf-Park



Schlachthausstraße 9A
76131 Karlsruhe