Sabina Hyoju AHN


©2020 by Sabina Hyoju Ahn

kHz explores the relationship between life and sound and explains how sound waves affect the microorganisms’ environment. I use inaudible frequency as a physical phenomenon rather than an audible frequency. In this work, bioluminescent algae, P.fusiformis visualize frequencies higher than 28 kHz, which cannot be perceived by human ears. When the frequency of inaudible sound penetrates through the bioluminescent algae, each cell visualizes the inaudible sound by glowing itself. At the same time, the moment of shining also means the death of the cells. This is because the ultrasonic waves travel through the water, which contains the plankton, and the frequency works like a sonic weapon, easily breaking the cells.

This project is funded by Asia Culture Center (KR).