We tend to think of nature as something that is outside of us, as a broad entanglement of things that silently undergoes our actions and observation. But what if we see ourselves as part of an environment that senses us as much as it is sensed by us? Scientists increasingly find proof of communication networks, relations between plants, animals and humans that only few of us are aware of. Plants communicate the attack of caterpillars to other plants that will immediately produce chemical toxins. Trees communicate with each other through their roots. Even humans seem to communicate in a sensory environment in which plants and animals simultaneously take part. Natasha Myers explores the “affective ecologies” that take shape between plants and people. Espen Sommer Eide tracks the sensory behavior of animals. Thought Collider explores the relation between smell and thought process, by tracking molecules involved in the transfer of disease.
Espen Sommer Eide (b.1972) is a musician and artist from Tromsø, currently based in Bergen. With the projects Alog and Phonophani he is among the most prominent representatives of experimental electronic music from Norway, with a string of releases on the label Rune Grammofon. He has had solo exhibitions Dead Language Poetry at Bergen Kunsthall 2013 and The Weed Archive at Nikolaj Kunsthal 2015. Eide has also been involved in a series of art projects associated with topics relating to the Barents and Arctic regions of Northern Norway and Russia, including commissions for the Neiden museum (‘Language Memory’) and the University of Tromsø (‘Material Vision – Silent Reading’), Dark Ecology (Sonic Acts).