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The Acoustics of Water Consumption
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Waaw Centre for Art and Design
Saint-Louis, Senegal
April 3 - 26, 2013

When visitors come to Saint-Louis, Senegal, they generally purchase 10 litre bottles of filtered drinking water to consume during their time in the city. The locals drink tap water from Lac Guiers. A tourist or longer-term visitor can be spotted by many characteristics, one being the carrying of one of these bottles of water.

A daily recording will be taken for three of the weeks I am in Saint-Louis. Each day a site will be selected and the sound captured from the object of the bottle and the changing water level inside. A contact microphone is attached to the outside of the bottle with a hydrophone immersed in the water inside. The resonant character of the bottle changes with my daily water consumption. When one bottle is finished, another is purchased and used.

Thank you: Waaw Centre for Art and Design, Staffan Martikainen, Jarmo Pikkujämsä, Dieylani Sow, Johanne Teigen, Greg Pritchard, Riitta Liede, Nelson Henricks, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Images: Greg Pritchard, Johanne Teigen, Dieylani Sow, Steve Bates

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Kirène is the major brand of bottled water in Senegal.

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Day 1 - Waaw Rooftop

Day 1 - Hydrophone

Day 2 - Quay Roume

Day 3 - Institut Français

Day 3 - Institut Français

Day 4 - Dock Crane

Day 5 - Pointe du Nord

Day 6 - Quai Grand

Day 7 - Wolof Class

Day 8 - Water Tower Ruins

Day 9 - Pointe du Sud

Day 10 - Faidherbe Bridge

Day 11 - Route de la Corniche #1

Day 12 - Place Ablaye Wade

Day 13 - Route de la Corniche #2

Day 14 - Mosquée Moride

Day 15 - Mosquée Tidiane Keur Madior

Day 16 - Commissariat de police Sor

Day 17 - Santhiaba

Day 18 - Hotel Mermoz

Day 19 - Place Faidherbe

Day 20 - Tendjiguen

Day 21 - Ndar Toute