Starting as an audio piece, the immersive experiment “Trust” is growing across the run of Technology is Not Neutral through live labs, immersive performances and hacking workshops.
The interactive audio installation can be experienced through headphones that trigger layered soundscapes in relation to the listener’s movement, and in a Virtual Reality experience that involves touch, open during the Watermans Weekender.
These experiments are part of Of the Spheres an interdisciplinary art project that explores SETI, METI and the human attempt to communicate being alive on this planet across borders of language and shared understanding.
Initiated at the SCANZ 3rd nature meeting at Parihaka, New Zealand in 2013 with the question: can multi-sensory communication aid us in creating cultures that respect planetary reality and ecological limits? The project continued on the streets of Paris during the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21, and a working visit with the Leweton community in Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu.
Recognising the critical value of developing communication technologies for creative action to meet the challenges of the 21st century, Of the Spheres asks what a planetary perspective might be that is large enough to respect that misunderstanding and vital diversity is a necessary part of the communication attempt.
The Technology is Not Neutral tour workshops explored the macro through the micro: through working with creative technologies and intimacy, listening and relational experience can we find new ways to mediate complex planetary realities through our personal, visceral senses?
Exhibited in Phoenix Brighton, Watermans London and at NIMES Australia 2016 through to 2017.