PROTOTYPE for Sound Disposition media art

Artists: Robertina Šebjanič, Aleš Hieng – Zergon, Ida Hiršenfelder
Premiere: 9 March 2019
Venue: STEKLENIK – Gallery for Sound, Bioacoustics, and Art
Produced by: CONA | institute for contemporary arts processing
Producers: Irena Pivka, Brane Zorman

Sound Disposition / Crystal Gardens explores a relationship between hydrothermal chemistry and economic exploitation (colonisation by mining). It presents a prototype for future sustainable materials by means of poetic multidirectional soundscapes to propose a utopian possibility of coexistence of all meter on Earth. To imagine future coexistence, one must be unconstrained by present concepts. To think something new means to imagine new relations between things that already exist.

Kim Stanley Robinson for example, in his novel Red Mars (New York: Bantam Books, 1993, p. 13-14) mentions the advance of piezoelectric technologies. Is it possible that a technology so well explored and exploited will become a groundbreaking invention of sustainable materials of the future? In the novel, he writes “An outer membrane of piezoelectric plastic generates electricity from wind. Then two sheets hold a layer of airgel insulation. Then the inner layer is a radiation-capturing membrane, which turns purple and must be replaced. More clear than a window …” […] Polyvinylidene difluoride was a special polymer in that respect—carbon atoms were linked to hydrogen and fluorine atoms in such a way that the resulting substance was even more piezoelectric than quartz. Change one element of the three, however, and everything shifted; substitute chlorine for fluorine, for instance, and you had saran wrap.

Growing Rochelle Salt crystals | Protocol documentation