M A N T A M O R T A
A precious moment of transition between death and life, a question mark into what is decay, transformation, and re-birth. This piece creates a self-feeding-object where an echo system processes what we call dead matter. Sound comes as a non-static force, the proof of movement within the core of the soil layers This piece amplifies intangible processes occurring in the first layers of soil, the organic horizon characterized by un-decomposed plant material. It is within this layer of accumulated dead matter that decomposition begins.
Conceptually, it is a specific moment and a thriving place; a fragile imperceptible blanket where several living organisms keep on vigorously developing. This process becomes a source of sound, texture and energy, bringing closer to the spectator what lies hidden in the soil and its processes. Technically the microphones are inserted in different depth marks, and become connected with worm tunnels. acting like sensors (contact based). Thus all the tiniest movements in the dry leafs, soil, bacteria and earth worms becomes the source of an ongoing sound output.
This project was carefully created with the collaboration of Biologist Gayatri Mehta, to recreate the necessary conditions for the active worms, and guarantee their return to a Natural habitat.
Work developed in collaboration with Deli Gleba.
Filter IV by Zona Dynamic
Curated by Eliza Goldox
2016, Berlin, Germany
Sound Installation, 6 prepared microphones (movement sensors), soil and decomposing matter, earth worms, prepared sound mixer, 4 speakers