Thor MCINTYRE-BURNIE (Aswarm, GB) – IVANYOS Ambrus (Meetlab, HU): Resonanse
What do trees talk about? The minerals in the earth? The concentration of CO2 in the air? Or maybe about us?
The basis of the two artists’ joint project is the desire to create art through the joining of art and technology and examining the role of narrative within the new work. Both artists work with sound in public space. While Thor McIntyre-Burnie’s prior projects are based on curating many fragments of spoken word voices into immersive multi-channel scenarios to explore, where there is no fixed narrative; Ambrus Ivanyos and the Meetlab collective created works where fiction and scientific fact were inextricably tied together into branching narratives and explorative journeys.
There is a growing new field of scientific research into the natural world called Bioacoustics that has been uncovering some ground-breaking discoveries about how plants use, sense and emit sound. We are not talking about putting sensors on leaves to generate some synthesised music, we’re talking about actual sonic transmission and reception of plants and more importantly, the fact that these discoveries offer a paradigm shift in how we perceive the intelligence and sentience of plants.
The first phase of the project has been realised in the months of the isolation during the spring 2021, when the audience could wander around in a virtual model of the field of the “artistic research”, the Hunyadi square in Budapest. As a second step, the artists make it possible for the audience to experience the walk both in the online and the physical space at the same time by help of a site-specific “video game”. On a longer run, the creators aim at realising a GPS-triggered walk along the square and finally a physically existing sound installation.