The world is a complex system made up of many, small interactions which produce endless patterns and forms. Each moment is an event: an active, participatory state where all parts of a system affect and are affected. These parts are living and nonliving, human and nonhuman. 

 

A non-anthropocentric viewpoint offers understandings of these environmental states as fluid systems. To treat all parts equally, I mirror actions: any experiment or analysis done to one species is done to all participating species. This facilitates a shared, emergent experience, as a constructed environment of living and nonliving parts. For example, ants and humans share different forms of sound perception. The work brings these qualities together through speakers that amplify ants to human audibility, and motors that convert sounds to vibration so ants can ‘hear’ through the subgenual organs in their legs. The shared sound experience results in an emergent, interspecies connection.

 

Throughout the duration of each environment-in-flux, the multiple states are analyzed—seeking patterns to find the next work.  The piece evolves as it moves into new locations, changes size, and/or gains and loses components, forms, co-creators. Emergent properties reveal themselves and the process continues.

 

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