EARTH CODE / EARTH VOICE with Martin Howse – 17/10/15




Through a range of guided, experimental activities, the Earth Code/Earth Voice workshop actively explores links between contemporary technology and the earth, attempting to define a new form of land art.

The workshop examines the following wide-ranging questions:

How can the earth as a process be tempted to compose software? What signals can be transduced from the earth, using equipment of the earth, revealing hidden process and how can these signals be exposed and converted to brute code?

The whole earth process is embraced in attempt to approach these questions through the construction of a series of experimental situations.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Measure and make audible and telluric currents flowing through the earth
  • Construct an earth sensing glove to insert and feedback audio signals from the earth
  • Allow worms to compose poetry and listen to constructed voices from the earth
  • Fashion fluid logic gates in the earth

Martin Howse is occupied with an artistic investigation of the links between the earth (geophysical phenomena), software and the human psyche (psychogeophysics), proposing a return to animism within a critical misuse of scientific technology. Through the construction of experimental situations (within process-driven performance, laboratories, walks and workshops), material art works and texts, Martin Howse explores the rich links between substance or materials and execution or protocol, excavating issues of visibility and of hiding within the world. For the last ten years he has collaborated on numerous open-laboratory style projects and performed, published, lectured and exhibited diversely. He is equally the creator of the skin-driven audio divination module, a.k.a. The Dark Interpreter.


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