Subterranean Synapsis

4. Image SUBTERRANEAN SYNAPSIS

Subterranean Synapsis is a Performatic Installation with Flashmob-like Overture. By this we mean that the installation runs on artistic man-power (plus some technology) and that audience are invited to join the experience through creative communication with its performers.

It’s a cross-over-disciplines project inspired by the nature of plants and their communication. A Mother Tree is taken as a reference point, which is able to connect and interact with the rest of the forest. Affected by elements like light, darkness, mist, fire, wind or even the composition of the soil, it will act, relate or cooperate with the rest of the wood in accordance to each unique environmental situation. A great network is created.

The work is set as a comprovised graphic score, giving an endless and unrestricted freedom of possibilities in interpretation and performance.

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Millenary trees interact with younger ones through an entangled net of fungal roots, those serving as communication and feeding channels. This vast interactive wisdom resembles the neuronal connections our brain has and also man-made technology whether cabled or wireless, probably made as biomimetic strategy. Taking this intelligent environment as model, Mutu provides an artistic habitat were its elements not only nurture and interact with each other but at the same time influence each other’s performance reciprocally, a subtle and complex balance.

On a smoky atmosphere, intense light projections form ever-changing net patterns throughout a dark space, sonic performers move creatively amongst it whilst a stationary electronic setup sets the digital soundscape…

Fungi environmental needs are the elements of soil, water and light/darkness. The soil is represented by the essential contribution of the audience, which will be given sonorous space when darkness falls (mushroom’s best circumstance for growth), in order to bring forth softer nature sounds with available organic material. Movement is a chief characteristic feature of water, and so movers will not only stay on the dark room but also seduce visitors to enter the installation space in a flashmob-like manner by means of their sounds and body language. The light/darkness ambience is created with the dark space and the intense light projections, which in turn are an analogy of the underground matrix system.

The Flashmob-like Overture:

Moving musicians, in an unexpected appearance, invite the audience to attend the installation by means of sonic and body languages.

The Performatic Installation:

On a dark space, light creates textures on the surface where it’s projected to, but its three dimensions are revealed thanks to its interaction with smoke (i.e. also the light journey is seen floating on space). The smoke symbolizes the dense, humid and opaque environment where fungi grow, and the light represents the invisible communication trees exert through the network formed by the fungal roots. Furthermore this evolving matrix serves as a graphical score for the musicians, this way we greatly challenge the notion of score. Not only the score consists in changing patterns projected with light, but those patterns are altered when contacting someone (whether performers or audience moving around) or when smoke diffuses them. So it’s almost as if it would be a rich living environment, with elements that change, adapt, interact and influence each other; just as mushrooms do grow in a diffused field, on a complex entangled network structure.

Light patterns determine different parameters, like grouping of musicians (which setting: solo, duo, etc.), density of musical material, regular versus irregular sonic events, whether a sound is presented as for- or background, and so on.

THEMATIC CONCEPT (part of this text is on Short Project Description)

Millenary trees interact with younger ones through an entangled net of fungal roots, those serving as communication and feeding channels. This vast interactive wisdom resembles the neuronal connections our brain has and also man-made technology whether cabled or wireless, probably made as biomimetic strategy. Mutu’s interest in that modus operandi lies on the fascination we feel through realizing the fact that trees use a net provided by another species (which is even partly animal) not only to nurture but most specially to communicate with each other. We find this is a perfect analogy to how individuals communicate in more levels than the physical and most apparent one (whether consciously or not), an analogy showing that there are other types of intelligence than the rational and verbal one, and that there is, between individuals, an interactive communication of these types of intelligence (telepathy, pheromones, etc). Also the fact that trees are able to use mushroom’s roots (another species) as channels triggers the thought that there might be fewer boundaries than we think, that concepts like separation as an individual may be a mental illusion.

Taking this intelligent environment as model, Mutu provides an artistic habitat were its elements not only nurture and interact with each other but at the same time influence each other’s performance reciprocally, a subtle and complex balance.

Fungi environmental needs are the elements of soil, water and light/darkness. The soil is represented by the essential contribution of the audience, which will be given sonorous space when darkness falls (mushroom’s best circumstance for growth), in order to bring forth softer nature sounds with available organic material. Movement is a chief characteristic feature of water, and so movers will not only stay on the dark room but also seduce visitors to enter the installation space in a flashmob-like manner by means of their sounds and body language. The light/darkness ambience is created with the dark space and the intense light projections, which in turn are an analogy of the underground matrix system.

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