Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva sonification
audio – visual performance with living system (live moon jellyfish) (2015)
by Robertina Šebjanič
with technical support Slavko Glamočanin
video about the research and development of the opus Aurelia 1+Hz
I’m pleased to announce that we got Honorary Mention @Prix Ars Electronica 2016 Interactive Art+ with project Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva sonification !!!!
photo by Le Cube archive
video by François Hebras, a short extract of the 20 min of audio – visual performance at Le Cube – Centre de création numérique, Paris France, February 2015
“There are still songs to sing beyond mankind” by Paul Celan
The most substantial aims of Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva sonification (production 2015) are to explore the phenomena of interspecies communication, sonification of the environment and the underwater acoustic / bioacoustics. An interactive performance features live transmitted sound generated by Aurelia Aurita – moon jellyfish and performer. Sound loops are containing recordings and sonic experiments of jellyfish in closed environment and prerecorded from the jellyfish blooms at the sea. Both are mixed in generative sound which is assembled into immersive sonic and visual experience.
Jellyfish are tracked by raspberry pi camera. The camera measures data of contraction,movement and interaction. The data captured in real time by the camera is transformed intoinformation and program is providing navigation of the sound data archive of recordings of previous experiments.
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? A question how do jellyfish communicate does not the answer jet. Do they smell each other? Do they feel vibration? As with just a simple vibration sound starts…
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. Gravity receptors, containing a calcium crystals are similar as also our Vestibula system. These sensitive structures are providing positional information to the animal based on the direction of gravity. By the use of bioacoustics is possible to study sound production – reception in order to understand how the natural world works.
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.
How can we better understand jellyfish and enhance the relationship between humans and other marine species? We still know more about outer space then the deep sea.
The odyssey into the exploration of interspecies communication is a way of discovering parameters to restore a deep relationship within all of life and it is a key to better understanding of the earth’s environment.
The Aurelia 1+Hz project is divided in two parts; the performance proto viva sonification looks into a new critical redefinition of social values and new attitude towards cohabitation of interspecies while the installation proto viva generator deals with the biopolicy of prolonging life.
Aurelia 1+Hz/proto viva generator (interactive installation 2014) addresses the possibilities of coexistence of humans, animals and machines. The project uses living organisms to process “aliveness” of a simple robotic machine. The installation addresses two entities – jellyfish and robot – separated, but if they merged into one, causing new biocybernetic organism to occur: Would “it” be able to live forever?
Technical description: Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva sonification contains tracking system that follows interaction between jellyfish and generates locative media. Jellyfish are tracked by raspberry pi camera. The camera measures data of contraction, movement and interaction between jellyfish. The data captured by the camera in real time is transformed into information that provides navigation in the program of the sound archive containing recordings of previous experiments such as sound data of jellyfish that was produced during the project, entitled Deep Blue, at the Institute of Marine Science and Technologies in Izmir, Turkey. The sound navigated by the performer / artist Robertina Šebjanič has been gathered by hydrophones recording underwater jellyfish bloom on the shores of Izmir in February 2014.
Jellyfish used in frames of the project are from the species of Aurelia Aurita or moon jellyfish. It is the most common jellyfish that is to be found in all seas and oceans and, at the same time, modular organism in the laboratories for jellyfish research.
Aquariums & maintainers of living organisms
The aquariums that are used in frames of the project are developed by Cubic Aquarium Systems and are built in a way that enables these organisms to have the best possible experience in closed habitat.
Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva sonification, photo by @Le Cube
A performance Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva sonification premiered on the 6 February 2015, on the event: TO BE OR NOT, TO BE – THAT IS THE QUESTION – LIVING TODAY AND TOMORROW at Le Cube, with Décalab, Natacha Seignolles, Annick Bureaud, Manuela de Barros, Catherine Dargemot, Marion Laval-Jeantet and Catherine Nyeki.
Photos of the event: https://www.flickr.com/photos/le-cube/sets/72157650327827829/
Discussion about the interspecies communication, the jellyfish – human interaction, marine ecologie … after the performance with Guillaume Eveillard, Robertina Sebjanic and Annick Bureaud at Le Cube – Centre de création numérique, Paris, February, 2015
Aurelia 1+Hz / proto viva sonification, photo by Slavko Glamočanin
Concept and realisation_Robertina Šebjanič
Programming and consultancy_Slavko Glamočanin
Curating advisor of the premiere_Annick Bureaud
Year of production_February 2015
PORTIZMIR#3 - DEEP BLUE team – Assoc.Prof.Dr Guzel Yucel Gier, M. Sc. Betül Bardakcı, Süleyman Duman, Can Eytemiz, Onur Koc, Mutlu Kurtbas,Uğur Engin Deniz, Cansu Çakar, Saša Nabergoj, Aysegul Kurtel and Institute of Marine Science and Technologies in Izmir, K2 Izmir,
Project was invited to take part of the exhibition where there was a performance every day at The Alchemist of our time at Bunker at Post City and at OK Center was a documentary presentation of the project during Ars Electronica 2016 and BIG special thanks to Aquarium in Pula and Zoovienna – Aquarium to support us with gorgeous moon jellyfish.
here a festival recap:
photo by Le Cube
Carole Thibaud did make a great analoge recording with the 16mm cam of the project Aurelia 1+Hz.