images + videos
Currently THE BOX experiment is in process at the group of General and Molecular Microbiology of the Technical University of Berlin.
“Who and whatever we are, we need to make-with—become-with, compose-with—the earth-bound” (Haraway, Staying with the Trouble, p. 102).
Many posthuman thinkers have called for a de-hierarchasation of species, a mind switch that asks for us humans to take on a more modest role in the world and recognize the agency and sentience of other beings around us as equally important.
In my project, I am interpreting this kinship with the non-human side of life from different angle. I wanted to create a sensorial situation for fungi that did not need to be perceivable by humans.
-> An experience just for fungi. However, my inner scientist came out and I could not stop myself from making observations and measurements – my inner artist has taken these and transformed them into an artwork.
For the experiment, I built specific sound sculptures - insulated boxes that were housing speakers and various fungi mycelia that had been collected in public walks in forests around Berlin. For several weeks, the fungi were ‘listening’ to a specific sound frequency/pulsation. I expected that this would have an effect on its growth and metabolism as sound is primordially a physical stimulation – no ears needed.
The resulting installation consists of a interactive video developed in collaboration with Sage Jenson, that simulates the fungi hyphae and via a gesture tracking sensor lets people interact with these – taking on the role of the sound frequencies and allowing movement through the network.
artist: Theresa Schubert
studio assistant: Aoibheann Brady, Simona Dossi
scientific advisors: Prof. Vera Meyer, Bertram Schmidt, Carsten Pohl
creative coding / simulation: Sage Jenson
Futurium Berlin -- upcoming whenever the museum will open again