The Insentient Choir

Music with mould

Initiator, biologist: Rachel Pringle

The Insentient Choir is an effort to use the pre-existing, strong emotional pathways of music in humans to connect deeper with organisms that we rarely think about and that are evolutionary very distant from humans. It is important for our appreciation of nature that the complexity of these organisms – bacteria, fungi, and plants – is highlighted and recognized on a deep emotional level. The Insentient Choir gives us a glimpse inside the world of microorganisms and indication of their livelihood without a microscope.

For this project I developed hard- and software to capture the artifacts of life of several fungi using different gas, humidity and temperature sensors.

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