Julian Stadon & Sebastian Pappalardo
Mais Matze: Speaking From the Grid Together
Multimedia Installation
Workshop Space / Continuous
Workshop Space / Sat 20:00 - 20:30

Mais Matze creates a labyrinth of communication for humans and corn to interact with one another, using speech, sight, environmental sensing, sound and visual methods. This multimedia installation exists on site, online and as a radio broadcast, allowing greater empathy for humans, and agency for corn, through creating an evolving interactive conversation.

Within a sea of big data, this project offers a voice beacon for plants with the aim of developing a linear relationship between crops and people. Using live streaming, radio broadcasting and onsite remediation of environmental sensor data, an audiovisual voice is developed for a crop of corn, located on site at STWST, that allows visitors to communicate with the crop by either speaking directly to it on site, listening to or broadcasting it on the radio, or watching and sharing it online. This combination of environmental sensing and human interaction will generate a range of emotional responses from the corn, in the form of audiovisual feelings and spoken responses. This communication strategy creates a single voice within a cloud-based data ecosystem, in order to enhance both the agency of the corn and the empathy of the human, enabling a better understanding of one another through direct participation in the augmentation of ecological aesthetics.

Julian Stadon is an Australian artist/curator/academic working with augmentation aesthetics, embodied bio-digital ecosystems, food futures & how we interface with the Anthropocene. Stadon is the director of marart.org &TeleAgriCulture, is co-founder of Swan_Panda & has lectured across art, design, fashion & games. The is currently completing his PhD & is based in Linz.
SebastianPappalardo is an Argentinian sound artist based in Rotterdam that explores the fringes of digital media through live coded performance under the name eerie_ear .

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