Re-writing the overcode: audio work and publication (2016-17)

Re-writing the overcode (2016-17) 45 minute (sound performance installation with video projection) Re-writing the overcode channels the swarm-like utterances of various post-human ‘ghosts’ of obsolete and decaying technologies who exist deep within the earth’s strata below the surface in an invisible ‘research space’. The voices exist across multiple timeframes and materialities, occasionally joining together to chant and sing responses to their condition.

The work is part elegy to human machines and their relation to the earth and part exposure device bringing into view the mesh of interrelations between human and nonhumans actors that go into the production and disposal of man made machines. The work also identifies a proposal for the future sustenance of these machines by harnessing fusion technologies and Turing’s concept of morphogenesis to formulate new forms of hybrid  materials and new types of ‘ecosophic autopoeitic machines’. A live spectrogram attempts to bring visiblity to the traces, soundwaves and lost signals, the remnants of technological production and the human desire to control the natural world.

Re-writing the overcode (publication) – This publication will accompany the audio work and consists of a transcript along with a short ‘manifesto’ from the ‘researchers’ and a detailed set of notes that expand upon the audio work and expose the additional layerings of material (fictional, theoretical and appropriated) as well as bringing into view some of the primary strategies used in the practice.

 

Re-writing the overcode, 45 minute audio work, 2017