Science is popularly regarded as a “cognitive” activity – a discipline of the mind. But there is also a more physical and tactile tradition in science – a tradition in which scientists do not merely measure and theorize but also construct the instruments (often with striking aesthetic qualities) needed to do so.
For the residency, we would like to re purpose the scientific instrument as a sonic instrument. Through walks, performances and workshops-we will expand the notion of scientific instruments and use these probes to an artistic/sonic end. Our current work is inspired by the work of the polymath J.C Bose, we would like to use Bose’s experiments with plants as a starting point for our own experiments. Using simple electronic devices, which can be built in a community setting, we will construct a public laboratory in which we will attempt to open a sonic communication channel with plants and later expand our instruments to include other non-human actors.