M A N T A M O R T A
Manta Morta "listens in" on a closed ecosystem of decomposing matter. A precious moment of transition between death and life, a question mark into what is decay, transformation, and rebirth. The piece recreates a self-feeding-system where biological interactions take place in what is called "Litterfall". (Manta Morta in Portuguese).
Sound comes as a proof of movement within the subtle changes happening with the organic detritus, amplifying biological processes that occur in the first layers of soil, characteried by undecomposed organic plant material. It is within these layers of accumulated dead matter that decomposition begins, and dead material becomes new energy, feeding the soils and root systems beneath.
Conceptually, this is an important moment between life and death, a thriving and fragile blanket where several living organisms keep on vigorously developing. Here, the process of organic decay becomes a source of sound, texture and energy, bringing closer to the spectator what lies hidden in the soil and its processes.
This glass container is filled with different sensors and transducer microphones that are sensitive to the tiniest of movements and heat changes, amplifying sounds based on the ongoing decomposition process between the dry leafs, soil, bacteria and earth worms.
Filter IV by Zona Dynamic
Curated by Eliza Goldox
2016, Berlin, Germany
Part of "Biological Clocks of the niverse" Bioart Award exhibition, Mu Art Center, Netherlands
Sound Installation, 6 prepared microphones (movement sensors), soil and decomposing matter, earth worms, prepared sound mixer, 4 speakers
This project was created with the collaboration of biologist Gayatri Mehta. All earth worms were retrieved to their habitat.