A NIP OF XTALS & SHROOMS :: sounds of living transducers

Nathalie Dubois Calero and Michelle Temple

This installation investigates the relationship between audio signals both audible and inaudible to humans as they are transduced through the concurrent growth of bacteria and Potassium Sodium Tartrate (the crystal utlized in audio equipment such as crystal radios/microphones/turntables). Sound and its physiological effect on materials could possibly illuminate areas of sensitivity between living and non-living systems. 

Performance @ 7PM
Angela Beallor and Michelle Temple with Vicki Kereszi, Heather Marsh, and Chanda Lindsay

This performance centers on an amplification of the pumps’ machinations. The rhythmic sound of the extractive forces as well as the erratic sound of body and milk. Pumping is a task, a chore, a necessity. That which extracts and collects milk. That which tethers pumper to machine. Tethers feeder to eater. That which nourishes a baby.

Sponsored by the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Special thanks to Kathy High

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