"Call for Life"
a mnemonic sculpture made from
sound frequency data
of a rescue mission in Hatay Türkiye
watch the video with sound below:
About the Project
On February 6th, 2023, a catastrophic earthquake struck the southeast of Turkey, impacting ten provinces and, including Hatay, where the sound data for this piece comes from. The disaster caused more than 30.000 casualties affecting millions of lives.
With a heart heavy with sorrow, I felt a strong urge to create something that would capture the raw emotion of the moment and offer a glimmer of hope to those affected. As an artist and researcher, I decided to use sound frequency data from a recording of the search and rescue efforts in Hatay Samandağ on February 7th, 2023, to create a 3-dimensional mnemonic sculpture that materializes a symbolic rescue moment from the earthquake. The recording is taken from a moment in which a rescue team is searching for a response to their calls in a wrecked building. The phrase they use "Does anyone hear my voice" has become both a symbol for hope and sorrow in a country that had previous experiences with earthquake disasters.
The process of creating the sculpture, which I named "Call for Life," was emotional. Each bump and shape on the sculpture's surface represents a sound frequency from the recording, making it a tangible representation of an ephemeral moment. The form is generated by using FFT Analysis and generative design methods to extract several separate different sound frequencies from the recording. Then these frequencies are used to generate a form that is unique to the sound data. The resulting form is a powerful symbol of hope and a call to action to help those affected by the earthquake.
I created the NFT with the same name to raise funds for the earthquake survivors. I have already donated and will be donating the 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the NFT to Ahbap, a reputable Turkish NGO that works to help people in need.
As the recovery from the earthquake continues, I hope my work will serve as a reminder of the strength and resilience of the human spirit. By owning a piece of this unique and meaningful artwork, buyers have not only a beautiful and thought-provoking piece to add to their collections but also the relief of knowing that their purchase will go towards supporting those in need.