This episode we do a deep dive into the senses and talk to the artist/scientist team behind Osmic Resonance, an audio-olfactory project that sought to harness sympathetic vibrations between sounds and aromas. The work tapped into a phenomenon of sensory cross-over — how does smell effect our perceptions of sound? Working closely with the cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Anina Rich and her work on synaesthesia, artist Jo Burzynska created a multi-sensory chamber in which the aesthetic, scientific and therapeutic potential of sensory interactions were explored and experienced through intensifying and shifting, entwined sound-and aroma-scapes.
The Constellations is a podcast exploring art projects that operate at the intersections of science and technology. Each month we will focus on a different project: from bio-feedback art that helps kids manage pain to apps that simulate chronic pain and artists who use science to make the stars of our galaxy sing, join us live in the audience, or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and never miss an episode.
This episode, were talking with the artists behind the project: Oratorio for a Million Souls. Collaborating with thousands of bees, this large scale project created three ‘green' architectural structures, in the form of traditional bee ‘skeps’ in botanical gardens in Buitenpost (Fryslan) and Oldenburg and Emden (Germany). To generate empathy with the dire state of bees in the face of commercial farming, pesticides and global warming, these three ‘Oratorios’ contain Bumble Bee nests equipped with audio and data sensors that create a multi-channel realtime ‘opera’ audiences could participate in. In a unique inter-species situation visitors experience the uncanny sensation of being located in the heart of a massive bee city, a citizen meditating with their fellow beings, all working, all buzzing!
This week we’re talking about Baden Pailthorpe’s work, ‘Clanger’. Exploring the aesthetics of data and technology, ‘Clanger’ pairs statistical tracking data of AFL player performance with the emotional intensities of the crowd to create 3D virtual artworks.
In statistical terms, the word ‘Clanger’ refers to a turnover or a silly mistake made by a player in an AFL match. The criteria for each player’s usefulness is defined wholly by the data they generate during the game— AFL players are tracked using micro wearable devises. The amount of data generated from these devices in a given game is immense; every movement is tracked, stored and interpreted in an effort to understand performance, mitigate injury and measure value. Joined by scientist and sports researcher, Aaron Coutts, to discuss the challenges and success of their collaboration.
This Episode, we talk with artist Helen Pynor about her project, ‘The End is a Distant Memory’. Working with cells from supermarket bought chicken breast, Pynor’s work explores the philosophically and experientially ambiguous zones, of the life-death boundary and organ transplantation. Her practice draws on her dual backgrounds in the biological sciences and the visual arts to engage directly with the materiality of human and non-human bodies using the mediums of photography, sculpture, video and installation. We are also joined by scientist and collaborator on the project, Dr. Jochen Rink, from The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden.
For more information on Helen Pynor’s work, click here
On EP #4 ‘The Earth’ DLUX is joined by the artists behind "Open Air". A visual setting of the 2013 album "Open" by Australian cult band The Necks. It is also a form of creative earth imaging; it combines timelapse Landsat satellite imagery of Australia, with motion-controlled aerial photography of the paintings and processes of Australian painter Emma Walker. Together, these two vastly different forms of aerial earth imaging combine to produce a complex picture of a changing planet.
On Episode #3 of The Constellations Podcast we talk to the team behind ‘A Galaxy of Suns’ an app for your smart phone that connects you with the unseen motions of our galaxy. Created by artist Michaela Gleave, composer Amanda Cole and programmer Warren Armstrong, A Galaxy of Suns gives your smart phone the ability to ‘play’ the skies, turning each star into music, as it rises above the horizon in front of you.
For more information and to download the app to try for yourself, click here
Episode #2 of The Constellations Podcast — We talk to artist Eugenie Lee and Dr. Tasha Stanton on 'Seeing is Believing'. A performance/installation work that combines the latest research, scientific development and virtual reality technology to allow audiences a visceral 'taste' of Eugenie's lived experience of Chronic Pain.
For images and information on the ‘Seeing is Believing’ installation, click here
In our first episode, 'The Heart', we take a look at The BrightHearts Research Project, developed by George Khut with researchers from Kids Rehab. This art and medicine collaboration investigates the application of George Khut’s heart-rate controlled artworks during medical procedures performed on children in hospital.
For more information on the Bright Hearts research and to see the app in action, click here