“Magnetoception: a sense which allows an organism to detect a magnetic field to perceive direction, altitude or location.”
Magnetoceptia is a series of performances and installations in which self-constructed,
antenna-based costumes pick up radiowaves site-specifically and make them audible through electronic sound.
The project is an investigation on different sonic and material properties of natural environments contrasting urban landscapes,
and a visualization of physical phenomena that primarily appear to be invisible for the human gaze.
We are developing extensions of our rudimentary animal senses to make those phenomena perceivable.
The experienced sound is site-specific and generated during the performance, a sonic exploration of the specific spatial situation.
The sound is modulated by the positions and movements of the performers relative to the space and each other,
dismantling traditional concepts of stage and catwalk, musician and instrument.
The project necessitates an involved participation and the object or event under consideration is by necessity considered not as an artefact
but in its dynamic production that involves the performer/listener as intersubjectively constituted in perception,
while producing the very thing he perceives, and both, the subject and the work thus generated concomitantly, are as transitory as each other.
Magnetoceptia is operating a process of continuous adaptation to the venues and platforms where it manifests itself for a singular occurence
after which it falls apart again in separate pieces. Those seem to be endlessly recombinable and can merge into various different shapes,
to another immersive multi-sensorial experience of its own kind.
Magnetoceptia is a collaborative project by Dewi de Vree and Patrizia Ruthensteiner