by Saša Spačal, Mirjan Švagelj, Anil Podgornik
Mycophone draws from idea of music box, where synthesis of non biological /electronic and mechanical/ and biological organisms /mycelia/ happens. Mycophone tries to combine a new biotech organism in a techno-logical way.
Mycophone makes sounds like many of biological organisms do and if you pet it on its hairy mycelia fur its sound changes, it may even starts to purr. As any other biological being it needs maintenance /turning the windup key/ to be and care /petting/ to live to its highest potential.
But as any other organism it has patterns, repetitive processes, that have to be met for it to exists. They are there to process the signal that has been put into it with the energy of turning the windup key. These patterns are seen as graphical patterns on the laminate and heard as repetitive sound that is being transformed by the growth of mycelia as well as proximity or touch of a hand of the explorer of the mycophone.
Saša Spačal is an intermedia artist, who is currently working in the fields of graphic design, real-time interactive video production and intermedia art.
She has taken part in exhibitions in Moderna galerija, Galerija Škuc and Galerija Alkatraz. As a member of Temp group she had participated in public interventions and installations. As a researcher, she had taken part in the international research project Performing the City. Art Actionism in Public Space in 1960s/1970s that had made its rounds in Munich, Naples, São Paulo, and Paris.Her latest interactive instalation 7K: new life form was presented in Slovenia at Haip festival, Czech Republic at Enter 5: Datapolis, art/sci/tech biennale Prague, and Turkey at AmberFest’11: Next Ecology. Currently she is studying the connections of technological and biological organisms in the field of interactive visualization and developing physical interfaces for generating sound and visuals as a member of Theremidi Orchestra.
Mirjan Švagelj is currently working for a biotech R&D company. He finished his doctoral studies in Biomedicine at the University of Ljubljana in the field of medicinal mushrooms.
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