Sacrifice Zones: Sonic Solutions

Sonic Solutions (2024) consist of working sound cannons made from PVC, metal, and wood. The two works are 4″-diameter PVC version (dimensions: 53” L x 24” W x 42” H) and 3″-diameter PVC version (dimensions: 43” L x 18” W x 36” H)

The sound cannons are a response to extractive industry practices that deploy sound cannons to deter migratory birds from landing on tailings ponds instead of changing their practices for healthy ecosystems. Sound is used as a blunt instrument, a weaponized force for controlling behaviors and habitats. Exhibition of works is April 5-21, 2024.

The documentation video shows the 4″ PVC version being fired using a denatured alcohol fuel.

Two PVC sound cannons on tripods painted gray with a yellow tip of barrel. Situated in the woods
photo by Adam DeSorbo
Two PVC sound cannons on tripods painted gray with a yellow tip of barrel. Situated in the woods
photo by Adam DeSorbo
PVC sound cannon on tripod painted gray with a yellow tip of barrel. Situated in the woods
photo by Adam DeSorbo