The left speakers emit the sounds of the semi-social spiders playing on pre-existing solitary webs. The right speakers play the solitary spiders on the web that was built by social spiders. Depending on where they are in the room, the public will hear more either the right or the left speaker. Will they become active political listeners?
The sounds consist of the vibrations emitted by different species of spiders as they weave their cosmic webs, mate, or capture their prey and were recorded using laser Doppler vibrometers and other transducers. They are combined with extraterrestrial sounds/vibrations captured by several space agencies.
The public will therefore create an ever-changing and unstable soundscape where the unpredictable relationship between movement and sound will create an invisible acoustic spider web interwoven through the museum’s rooms. As spiders interpret reality through air pressure and vibration, rather than through sight or images, in the same way visitors will move through a semi-dark space learning to communicate and orient themselves through the movement of their bodies and their sense of hearing.
In this undefined environment, visitors will establish temporary relationships with other visitors and they will play with their bodies this invisible spider web. Within this sensitive and vibrant context, visitors will discover, sense and experience, new forms of collaboration. As in other installations by Tomás Saraceno, a new temporary community will take shape, raising a series of considerations on the social models of our present and future.
The second hybrid web-instrument, Hybrid semi-social musical instrument NGC 2976 is exhibited in a glass vitrine. The web was first built by a Cyrtophora citricola for three weeks and afterwards reconstructed by a group of semi social Cyrtophora moluccensis that wove it for four weeks. The second species of spiders was only added after the entire carbon frame was turned 180 degrees on its Z axis towards the ISS, thereby reorienting the force of gravity on the web instrument and players.
A team of researchers from PAVIS Department at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, in collaboration with Saraceno Studio, has elaborated the means for the construction of a three dimensional image of a real spider web. Illuminating the web in its height and depth with an emitter of sheets of laser light, they acquired a series of images in sequence using a digital camera. The photographs have then been elaborated and colour coded in a three-dimensional reconstruction of the web.
until September 7, 2014
Cosmic Jive: Tomás Saraceno
The Spider Sessions
curated by Ilaria Bonacossa e Luca Cerizza
Via Jacopo Ruffini 3, Genova