Nicola Rae

Nicola Rae is an artist and a curator. Her art practice engages with sound visualization in response to scientific data as well as live co-produced sound. In this work, an electron microscope image of a human cell infected with SARS-CoV-2 has been processed through sonification software. The microscopic image has been analysed as sound through Sonic Photo, which registers each pixel as sound from left to right. This sonification has then been processed through a sound emission analyser, re-emerging as an image with digital glitches – as seen in the image within a Petri dish. These distortions reference the increasing layers of mediatization framed through different lens that the Coronavirus discourse continues to be subject to. The radiophonic sound of pixel sonification resonates with the increasing amplification of media data transmission.