Type: Installation, live performance, lecture/live performance
Elements: Plant, electrodes, recorded sound from myself reading an article, projection, cdplayer, basic software and apparatus (Metex M-3640D connected to a 486 PC computer).
Place: peep Gallery, Rooseum (now closed), Sunday 6 Feb 2000
The affects of an inter-subjective plant
The plant was placed on a table and the connectors was stucked into one leave of the plant, the experiment could begin. The registered reaction in millivolts (14-19 mV) was then transformed into a video projection with a software as the sound from the spoken text from the article was spinning in the cd player.
As the audience listened to the sound from me reading the article about Cleve Backster’s research* they became more aware of the changes in the electric reactions from the plant, some people from the audience wanted to influence the plant’s reactions.
This piece of performance/event was made for the polarizing position in an student exhibition oriented around affects. In the era of social criticisms or cultural studies, the notion of alternative methods of communication, seen in Cleve Backsters research can be contradicting and acting outside of mainstream topics, almost like the same effect of giving a compass to an ape: “yeah looks nice but what can I do with it?”
During the exhibit I also performed one inter-disciplinary lecture about colours and affects.
The article, swedish pdf >>>>>
Documentation, english pdf >>>>>
Children’s paintings, the sound from a grasshopper,
low pressure sodium light and IR controlled strobes.
Exhibit: In the group exhibition: ‘Kaduns’
coordinated by Malmö Art Academy, Malmö Music Academy and Artist Doug Ischar, Chicago, UIC.
Location: Peep Gallery, Rooseum (now closed), Malmö, Sweden
In the autumn of 1999 I recorded the sound from a grasshopper in the countryside of Malmö. The sound appealed to me in the various meanings of destroyed or undestroyed and artificial or natural. The children’s paintings became an opposite element to the low pressure sodium light that only has a peak in the spectrum of 589.0nm – 589.6nm producing a monochrome environment. I wanted to keep the age of the children quite low as an indexical element of their positive interests in colour and composition. The strobes acted as a link between the paintings, light and the sound.
when the flashes went on it looked like this, detail from wall:
when the flashes where off (most of the time) it looked like this, detail from wall:the long forms with tentacles are supposed to be grasshoppers
Double sequence Registered times on all watches with numbers I looked at between 11.11 AM (990405) and 1.12 PM (992405).
Desktop, computer, plant, and document with numbers plus a note book with a pen on another table where people could write their own number as they entered the space and looked at the screen. The clock screen saver had a ticking sound every second.
The tabloid sized magazine nerv is a freely distributed culture periodica, with four number every year, in the Øresund region (Malmö and Copenhagen). The magazine reaches app. 150 000 readers in the region.
The piece is a fictive journal presented in the magazine.