By the Code of Soil is an online networked digital artwork by Fault Lines artist Kasia Molga and sound artist Scanner. Developed as part of the GROW Observatory, By the Code of Soil turns soil data into digital art that appears on participants’ computers whenever land-mapping satellite Sentinel-1 passes overhead.
“By the Code of Soil is about handing over power to the land – to soil – and depicting it as a first and foremost living organism; not as a resource whose capacity must be maximized for our own benefits. Soil with all its myriad of processes happening there all the time is like a matrix of the computer – an invisible force and organisational structure binding all components of the biosphere together. In times of uncertainties and transitions we need to pay attention to that what is invisible, possibly more than to what is in front of us.This invisible, working quietly in the background, often has much more significance to what is happening and how it will impact the world as we know in the near future.”
— Kasia Molga, Artist