Data Flow

Throughout the year, water levels in the Flow Country rise and fall, and as the bog expands and contracts accordingly it can be said to breathe. Scientists and environmentalists studying this process have learned that different parts of the bog breathe differently, depending on the health of the peat. In Data Flow Matthew Olden turns their research into a soundtrack to let us hear how this ‘breathing’ varies across five areas of the bog, whether waterlogged and healthy, drained and damaged, or restored. His work, played through 96 speakers, gives us fresh insight into a hidden and vital natural process. 

Originally presented at Cryptic’s Below the Blanket, part of The Peatlands Partnership’sFlows to the Future Project (with RSPB Scotland as lead partner) and supported by: The Hugh Fraser Foundation