Tomás Saraceno: Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions
Album Launch on Soundcloud, Friday 28 October 2016
Published by NTU CCA Singapore
Edited by Ute Meta Bauer and Anca Rujoiu
Contributors: Cyrtophora citricola, Heteropoda venatoria, Lycosidae sundevall, Nephila inaurata, Nephila pilipes, Nephila kenianensis, Pholcus phalangioides, Steotoda nobilis, Bani Haykal, Brian O’Reilly, Brian Massumi, Joyce Beetuan Koh & Etienne Turpin, David Rothenberg, and Evan Ziporyn
Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions is an interspecies encounter between arachnids and anthropos mediated by sound. The audio publishing project is conceived as a continuation, expansion and circulation of the eponymous exhibition of artist Tomás Saraceno at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore) in 2015. Exploring the arachnids’s sophisticated mode of communication through vibrations, Saraceno developed several instruments that are able to amplify the vibrations of spiders, rendering them audible to other species. Sculptural presences in the exhibition, the various instruments ranging from strings, to percussion and aeolic, were also incorporated by musicians into their live performances. The album brings together jam sessions between arachnids and anthropos performed live in the exhibition, and various recordings produced in Saraceno’s studio in Berlin. As an articulation of the sensorial, Tomás Saraceno’s Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions expands the possibility of communication into the low-frequency spectrum. Predicated on playfulness and creativity, this project instigates a more complex understanding of the animal world.