Coral Voices

Marlena Novak, Jay Alan Yim*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Scopus citations


Marlena Novak (visual artist) and Jay Alan Yim (composer/sound artist), under the collaborative name localStyle, have been making work that addresses environmental and socio-political concerns through the use of a wide range of media since 2000, particularly utilizing technological tools in their creative practice. Deep interest in understanding the contemporary conditions of non-humans and humans is informed by their engagement with publications and texts, attending, participating in, and hosting talks, panels, and screenings, and meeting with specialists and scientists regarding the topics of their research. Choral is a twelve-minute audiovisual installation commissioned by 150 Media Stream for a sculpturally unique LED panel display. This chapter describes the genesis of the project, from its inception as an artistic response to news reports of widespread coral bleaching events complicated by climate change, through a concerted phase to properly ground the project in scientific research, followed by an overview of the methodologies and resources used to realize the project, and including a discussion of the technical and conceptual challenges posed by working on a very large scale display medium in a public venue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpringer Series on Cultural Computing
Number of pages23
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameSpringer Series on Cultural Computing
ISSN (Print)2195-9056
ISSN (Electronic)2195-9064


  • 3D animation
  • Ambient
  • Anthropocene crisis
  • Bleaching
  • Climate change
  • Coral reef ecosystem
  • Cultural processing
  • EDM
  • Electronic choir
  • Endangered species
  • Environmental distress
  • Forty voice motet
  • Global warming
  • Habitat loss
  • Mutualistic
  • Non-humans
  • Ocean acidification
  • Polyphonic
  • Recomposition
  • Reef-building coral
  • Scleractinian
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Sound design
  • Symbiotic
  • Tetrapod
  • Thomas Tallis
  • localStyle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications


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