Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva sonification - a short extract of the 20 min of audio visual performance at Le Cube - Centre de création numérique, Paris France, February 2015
Concept and realisation: Robertina Šebjanič
Programming and consultancy: Slavko Glamočanin
coordination & curating: Natacha Seignolles (DécaLab)
curating advisor: Annick Bureaud
co - production: DécaLab and Le Cube - Centre de création numérique, Paris France, February 2015
video recording and editing by François Hebras
The sound performance features sound transmitted live as generated by Aurelia Aurita jellyfish. Mixed with the sound recordings, an archive of time reminiscence, collected during the time of the sonification experiments with jellyfish at project development during Portizmir#3 by Deep Blue team (art/science research). Both the field recording and the live sound establish a new soundscape. All together assembles into an immersive – sonic – visual experience.
The most substantial aims of the Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva sonification project are to explore the phenomena of interspecies communication, sonification of the environment and the acoustic of the space that surrounded’s living creatures. From the preceding it is clear that many sea animals use sound in a variety of ways.
Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva sonification is an interactive performance that explores the phenomena of interspecies’ communication. It features live transmitted sound generated by Aurelia Aurita jellyfish and performer. Sound loops containing recordings of jellyfish in closed environment and prerecorded sonic experiments from the sea are mixed in generative score which is assembled into immersive sonic and visual experience.
For over 500 hundred million years jellyfish have been pulsating in the world’s oceans and seas. Nowadays, amidst the immense environmental changes, their numbers are rapidly growing. Jellyfish are one of the rare organisms that seem perfectly suited for the Anthropocene era. The current 6th Mass Extinction may not apply to them. There are several species of jellies (some of them immortal), however, it is not established (yet) how they communicate? Do they smell each other? Do they hear? Do they feel vibration?
Aurelia Aurita has rudimentary sensory nerves at the base of its tentacles which allows it to perceive light, smell and orientation. Its gravity receptors (calcium crystals) are the same as with humans’ inner ear. The relationship between human and animal is a key to better understanding of natural environment. Humans have massive impact on other species and thus it is crucial to decode what they signal us and how they see us.