Many cultures know the power of intentional ritual and sounding to create relationship between the earth and the heavens. Animals are guided by the many streams of this planet: whale and dolphins echo-locate underwater, bats use sound for aerial navigation, and human electric senses flow with the information from the earth’s systems and the stars. Flexible copper can be both antennae and grounding device and on the 15th September we started to explore combining copper and the electromagnetic human body towards creating communication experiences that connect with the presence of others across the waves.
The story of Cassini is a testament to collaborative creative endeavour and the intelligent application of technology to open up our knowledge and perspective on the Universe we live within. We can think of space missions – their launches and completions – as the secular rituals of our technological age. They can mark the cyclical renewal of human creative activity: the information collected by Cassini directs the design of the next missions to Saturn and the ending becomes a fresh beginning. The site of The Multiverse too is a celebration of the possibilities of working together for creative renewal and cosmic vision: located on the watershed of the River Nith, Dumfries & Galloway, land art stretches across acres, transforming the site of this former open cast coal mine into maps of the cosmos. To explore the site is like stepping into experiential science fiction. We got together to create a fresh ceremony bringing together space exploration’s unfolding story, myth, art, science and song, holding the hope for harmonious futures in which science, art, culture and ecology can meet.
All those who linked in from across the earth:
Quandamooka (Moreton Bay) – Australia
Sandy Sur performed ceremony at the bay.
Byron Bay – Australia
Liz Barker made creek prints
Tommy Dick led a cava ceremony
Buskerud – Norway
Hege Braathen and Tyr Neilson cast the runes.
Lenapehoking (Delaware) – USA
Dåkot-ta Alcantara-camacho and Jack Gray from I-Moving Lab held ceremony
Alice Springs – Australia
Dian Booth improvised on the violin
California – USA
Atlantic Centre for the Arts
51.542955,-0.022108 ( The White Building, Hackney)
Learn more about the ideas and technologies behind using bio sensors in installation and performance work.
Green Room, Phoenix Gallery
The artists will talk about the questions and research behind Of the Spheres and the open call out for publicly created content.