Mycophone_unison from Saša Spačal on Vimeo.
Mycophone_unison formed part of our first exhibition from the Nonhuman Subjectivities series: The Other Selves. On the Phenomenon of the Microbiome. Created by Saša Spačal
together with Mirjan Švagelj
and Anil Podgornik who explore here the contrast between
the oneness of the human body as biological entity and the multiplicity
of the human microbiome. In Mycophone_unison
the artist-scientist-designer collective has developed a sound map
of intra-action between their microbiomes and the recipient. By
leaving a fingerprint the viewer sends a signal to the map that
processes it through the central 'celestial plate' to the microbiomes.
The polymodal sonification stresses the multiplicities of the makers.
The three petri dishes on the 'celestial plate' are cultured with
samples from the work's three creators. These cultures, in their
multiplicity and complexity, defy any monolithic or unitary definition
of being. But in their ever-changing resistance to an electrical
current, these cultures microbiomes create, together, a unison of
tone with the participatory aid of visitors.
The film is a KIBLA Multimedia Centre Production, produced by Lidija P. Awais with video footage by Miha Erman and edited by Valerie Wolf Gang.