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PlusX with Cammack Lindsey & Bacterial Consciousness hosted by Donna Alan Schons

17 April 2020

Bacterial Consciousness

A collaborative musical process imagining the growth of human /cyanobacteria symbiosis.

Not only are bacteria our ancestors, but also, if I am correct, as the evolutionary antecedent of the nervous system, they invented consciousness. The effects we recognize as sensitivity too light, sense of touch, hearing, smell and indeed our senses in general evolved from a property properly called “bacterial consciousness.

-Lynn Margulis

dramaturgy. Dusk settles upon the marsh as the symbionts (homosapien/synechococcus) slip into the water. Their photosynthesizing takes a rest in nightfall as nitrogen fixation begins, yielding the nitrate and ammonia they’ll need for their growth. dawn comes to break and daylight awakes, as their hauntings begin & their prolific futures they’ll reclaim.

Direction & concept by Cammack Lindsey, from the ‘Research Centre on Color Space & Cyanobacteria Subjugation’, is scientific and research processor of i.Ruuu. Alongside with their research, they compose solo/group musicals that stem from the transition period of opera into musical theater. They examine this space to redistribute stolen futures through performances with ghosts, code, voice, sound, and clouds.

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Cast in order of appearance.

Maithu…….symbiont voice

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Steph Holl-Trieu…….“chlorophylia” (self-written & spoken narrative prose in 5 acts )

Steph Holl-Trieu is a researcher interested in imbrications and slippages between media theory, ecology and political economy. She likes to collect words and watch her plants grow.

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Cammack Lindsey……cyanobacteria articulation (temperature, pH, movement & exponential growth) + symbiont voice

Sue Weed…….readings from Rachel Carson, “The Sea around us”

Picture of panting: “Portrait of Sue Weed” by Tamen Perez

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Stevik……. symbiont voice

stevik is nicolas humbert / blue stork vocal project

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Kat Austen…….atmosphere for the aero-scene titled “you don’t have to like everybody”

Kat Austen is a person. In her artistic practice, she focusses on environmental issues. She melds disciplines and media, creating sculptural and new media installations, performances and participatory work. Austen’s practice is underpinned by extensive research and theory, and driven by a motivation to explore how to move towards a more socially and environmentally just future.

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Alice Dalgalarrondo…….clarinet as symbiont voice

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Mama Fih…….symbiont rhythms

“when you’re good to mama…”

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Petja Ivanova…….readings from Silvia Federici

Petja Ivanova founded “Studio for Poetic Futures” in Berlin out of frustration with the domination of the scientific method in the field of (computational) art. She works with electronics and organisms to explain which forms poetry can take in media art and art with complex systems.

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