Image Credit: Suzanne O'Haire

Tentacular Resonances

Tentacular Resonances draws upon the writing of Donna Haraway, Don Idhe and Jane Bennett to explore the material relationship between resonance and form. Using DIY technology, copper, blown glass, clay and seawater, a network of animated vessels connects to a central 'organ'. When approached, sensors in the peripheral vessels impart signals that resonate beneath the central organ. Although not scientifically calculated, this resonance is theoretically sufficient to allow DNA exchange amongst the micro-organisms naturally occurring in the seawater through a process known as horizontal gene transfer. The more that the peripheral vessels are stimulated, the more likely genetic information will be transferred between organisms, thus through cultural interaction, life may be transformed.

Tentacular Resonances is an experimental installation and live interactive performance, including, where possible, the return of sonically modified seawater back to the ocean in a symbolic commitment to our inescapable cultural entanglement with the wider environment.

Made in collaboration with Generator Projects, Dundee, Justin Marshall, University of Northumbria and Jeff Sarmiento, University of Sunderland.

Image Credit: Agata Urbaniak

Installation, performance and workshop.

Copper, blown glass, clay, liquid medium for micro-organisms, sonoporation device.

Tentacular Resonances has been presented at: 

Pithos (one possible story of our lively material)Summerhall, Edinburgh 

Tentacular Resonances, Generator Projects, Dundee

Fort Process, Newhaven

Image Credit: Cat Thomson

Image Credit: Agata Urbaniak

Image Credit: Hari MacMillan

Image Credit: Suzanne O'Haire

Image Credit: Suzanne O'Haire