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Kuai Shen: 0h!m1gas: biomimetic stridulation environment

26 Maj 2011 15:39



0h!m1gas: biomimetic stridulation environment is an artistic research and audiovisual installation that approaches the self-organization in ants as a cybernetic system with emergent manifestations. 0h!m1gas is based on a 'do-it-yourself' approach of bioacoustics, measuring the vibratory sounds and mapping the activity of an ant colony and their relation to the artificial ecosystem where they live. By means of contact microphones and video surveillance interfaced with the computer, which feeds this bio-data to two turntables, the life of the ant colony emerges as a soundscape of scratching effects. The activity of an ant colony is observed, archiving the ants' movements and sounds inside a digital matrix. A pair of turntables constantly reacts to the changes that emerge from the colony (e.g., recruiting units for defense, task allocation when rebuilding the nest, organizing the harvesting of vegetation), thus spinning vinyl records that produce scratching sounds similar to the original stridulations of some ants. Leafcutter ants use the stridulatory organ, human DJs use the turntable: a reactive soundscape, which reveals the connection between scratching as an aesthetic expression created by human culture, and the stridulation phenomena of leafcutter ants as a modulation mechanism for communication.

0h!m1gas: biomimetic stridulation environment is an artistic research and audiovisual installation that approaches the self-organization in ants as a cybernetic system with emergent manifestations. 0h!m1gas is based on a 'do-it-yourself' approach of bioacoustics, measuring the vibratory sounds and mapping the activity of an ant colony and their relation to the artificial ecosystem where they live. By means of contact microphones and video surveillance interfaced with the computer, which feeds this bio-data to two turntables, the life of the ant colony emerges as a soundscape of scratching effects.
The activity of an ant colony is observed, archiving the ants' movements and sounds inside a digital matrix. A pair of turntables constantly reacts to the changes that emerge from the colony (e.g., recruiting units for defense, task allocation when rebuilding the nest, organizing the harvesting of vegetation), thus spinning vinyl records that produce scratching sounds similar to the original stridulations of some ants. Leafcutter ants use the stridulatory organ, human DJs use the turntable: a reactive soundscape, which reveals the connection between scratching as an aesthetic expression created by human culture, and the stridulation phenomena of leafcutter ants as a modulation mechanism for communication.

Artist: Kuai Shen
Actors: Kuai Shen
Country: Slovenia
City: Ljubljana
Place: Kapelica Gallery
Date: 26 May - 24 June 2011
Created: 2011

Camera: Mirjana Batinić
Editing: Mirjana Batinić
Interview: Mirjana Batinić