Tomás Saraceno: Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions
Album Launch on Soundcloud, Friday 28 October 2016
Published by NTU CCA Singapore, Upcoming in July 2017
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 CCA Singapore in 2015. Exploring the arachnids’s sophisticated mode of communication through vibrations, Saraceno developed several instruments that were able to amplify the vibrations of spiders, making them audible to human ears. An album with the jam sessions between arachnids and musicians performed live in the exhibition, and various recordings produced in Saraceno’s studio in Berlin, is included in the publication. Saraceno’s experiment is anchored in current attempts to decentralise the human subject and address the perceptual world of non-human species. Spiders don’t speak in the way humans conceive language, yet they are neither silent nor mute. By making audible what we can not hear and fully comprehend—the spider’s vibrations—Saraceno draws attention to various modalities of expression and inter-relationality whose potentiality is yet to be valued.