Through my sound-oriented moniker, Min-arp, I have enjoyed experimenting with various instruments, softwares and workflows to make conceptual soundscapes. Most recently this has included experiments with Bio-sonification, chance operations, granular synthesis and patched audio effects.
"Hongolalia"is a theoretical and conceptual language used to communicate with plant life. It is a combination of the Spanish word for mushroom (hongo) and the phenomenon of glossolalia. It is only accessible in moments of complete silence and mindfulness (after an initial greeting of 'random vibrational toning').
What would the plants have to tell us if we could listen?
"Reality Check" is a speculative movie script fabricated with the assistance of Runway ML (a machine-learning software that allows it's users to train and utilize neural networks). The narrator enters into conversation with and about reality itself. The responses to which are insightful and equally humorous as the machine fumbles over
its own logic as if to ask:
How could neural network/machine learning technologies help us better understand ecological realities?
Photomontage and Collage
Have You Seen Me?
I have been interested in the experience of non-human entities moving through the decay of society. In this case, I have been documenting the various scooters that people leave around town in an effort to raise awareness. I appropriate the aesthetics of posters used to document missing persons as if to anthropomorphize the scooters presence around town.
This is an ongoing series also influenced by the Viceland series Abandoned in its commentary on similar topics of the places and faces affected by modernity.
All photos were shot on a one-day disposable iPhone 7.
Have Me Seen Me?
An extension of the "Have You Seen Me" series above -
Ultimately this concept took the form of a dada-esque photomontage. Part self-observation, part societal commentary - it questions what each person
leaves behind as culture eventually collapses in on itself.
What bought us here in the first place?
Have you seen you?
Face File: PUNK'D!
A photomontage depicting how language can become a medium
(but also a barrier) between human and non-human entities.
The right side depicts imagery of liminal experiences when nature and humanity were one, possible histories of our origins in outer space, and how we came to utilize the earth through agriculture. Nature speaks in nonsense-gibberish.
The middle section depicts humanities' first encounters with it's nature-self and how language was slowly formed. Societies and cultures came and went. Eventually came the invention of land-labor relations and over time our dependency on currency... PUNK'D!
The astronaut that has traveled through the depths of language brings back with him concepts of marketing, advertising, subversive cultures, and entire lifestyles based on material consumption. Contingently, he also brings the effects of what these industries and products have on us. Oh, how our pupils reflex to it all.
Have we PUNK'D ourselves?
A community-based collage that asked patrons to contribute the stickers from the various fruits and vegetables they consumed.
Through chance operations, the stickers slowly started forming map-like shapes as if to mimic the origin of the consumables themselves. Colorful countries emerge, the white space between becomes water-based trade routes.
The commodification of the planet and its resources becomes apparent through the presence of the barcodes on the stickers.
How do these resources arrive at your local grocers?
Paid, thank you.