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How to Entangle the Universe in a Spider Web

How to Entangle the Universe in a Spider Web

YEAR
2018
EDITOR
Akian Gráfica Editora
CONTRIBUTORS
Philip Ball, Félix Bruzzone, José Emilio Burucúa, Florencia Fernández Campón, Mauricio Corbalán, Carlos Gamerro, Alejandro Gangui, Diego Golombek, Laura Isola, Alex Jordan, Caroline A. Jones, Mylène Ferrand Lointier, Matthew Lutz, Derek McCormack, Victoria Noorthoorn, Pola Oloixarac, and Martín Ramírez
DESIGN
Eduardo Ray
PUBLISHER
Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires
ISBN
9789871358526
COUNTRY
Argentina
LANGUAGE
Spanish, English
Play-Ground

Play-Ground
Spider/web vibration, divination…
for the terrestrial and cosmic web(s) of life

One way of apprehending Earth and its ecosystems is through the medium of vibration. All living and non-living matter contains energy, a force that connects every particle of the Universe—be it a blade of grass, a stone, an insect, a human body or a comet. For the spider, its Umwelt is one of vibration. Essentially blind, the web-building spider creates an image of the world with the vibrational tremors it sends and receives through the web, functioning as an instrument for transmission and reception.

 

Together with spiders and their webs, scientists, and those who engage situated knowledges, Tomás Saraceno and the project-community Arachnophilia has expanded possibilities for inter- and intra-species relations. The installation for Radical Playgrounds translates onto the ground the vibrations of Holocnemus pluchei, Steatoda bipunctata, and other local spiders, opening possibilities for attuning to non-human ways of being. Developed in conversation with Arachnophilia member Roland Mühlethaler, Play-Ground is a walk-in installation where cobblestones shake according to frequencies of the spiders’ and cosmic web. If playgrounds are places where we learn through play, this area offers other lessons in planetary re/creation.

 

Like the so-called butterfly effect, which posits a causal relation between a butterfly flapping its wings in one place and winds that swirl to form a tornado in another, this installation directs vibrations elsewhere. From the play-ground of Gropius Hain, to the spiders and diviners of Somié, Cameroon, where the practice of ŋgam dù spider divination helps humans seek knowledge about their lives. Bollo Pierre ‘Tadios’ is one interlocutor with Heteroscodra crassipes, or ŋgam as they call her—a ground-dwelling species. Spiders may be open for questions through the web/site nggamdu.org, initiated in 2021 with the funds of Berliner Festspiele.


 

 

 

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