Magnetoceptia

“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 made antenna-based costumes pick up electromagnetic fields and translate them into electronic sounds. Bended hazelnut rods, bamboo stems or a recycled spinningwheel combined with open electronics and coils of copper wire wound into different patterns into the costume, the project is an investigation on different properties of natural and technological materials. The experienced sound is site specific and depends on the electromagnetic fields that are present on the location. It is modulated by the performers by their positions and movements relative to the space and each other.

The ‘homo superiors’ (Friedrich Nietzsche) gain the ability to grow far beyond their human limitations and evoke a transformation not just physical extension, but also through sound and change of their ‘soundshape’ constantly audibly mirroring their sourrondings.

Magnetoceptia is a collaboration with Patrizia Ruthensteiner. For more information on the project, please visit https://magnetoceptia.wordpress.com/

 Rumpelstiltskin Copper Spindle

The Rumpelstiltskin Copper Spindle is a transmogrified antediluvian spinning wheel that is spinning sound through copper instead of spinning hey to gold. It traps the carrier into an upright listening position. It is part of a series of costume receivers made for ‘Magnetoceptia’. 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.

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   Roux Whisk

The Roux Whisk is a wearable antenna receiver which picks up electromagnetic fields from its surroundings and translate them into audible sound. It is part of a series of costume receivers made for ‘Magnetoceptia’, a collaborative project by Patrizia Ruthensteiner and Dewi de Vree.
The Roux Whisk, inspired by the shape of the historical Medici Ruff and constructed from bended hazlenut rods, is a stereo Antenna Receiver which includes two different patterns woven into the basic structure of the costume.

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   Spherics Harp

The Spherics Harp is a wearable antenna receiver which picks up electromagnetic fields from its surroundings and makes them perceivable through sound.
It is part of a series of wearable receivers made for ‘Magnetoceptia’, a collaborative project by Patrizia Ruthensteiner and Dewi de Vree.
The Spheric Harp is inspired by the ancient Qing Dynasty´s tremendous hairdos and through the length&height of bamboo sticks and strings tensed over a long distance, it has the ability to receive subtile signals from high above the clouds bouncing against the Ionosphere.

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   Omega Birch

The Omega Birch is a wearable antenna receiver which picks up electromagnetic fields from its surroundings and translate them into audible sound. It is part of a series of costume receivers made for ‘Magnetoceptia’, a collaborative project by Patrizia Ruthensteiner and Dewi de Vree.

Baltic birch is among the most sought-after wood in the manufacture of speaker cabinets. Birch has a natural resonance that peaks in the high and low frequencies, which are also the hardest for speakers to reproduce. This resonance compensates for the roll-off of low and high frequencies in the speakers, and evens the tone. Birch is known for having “natural EQ”.

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