Interdisciplinary Conference


in Art & Science

27-29 September 2023, Malta Society of Arts, Valletta

Vorticella: Sonic feedback loop of the ecosystem as a listen-ing relationship
Event Hours: 27/09/2023 (16:15)
Location: Concert Hall [H]
André Araújo, Marta de Menezes
Keywords: Bio-Art, Ecossystem Living, Sound Art, Feedback Loop, Interdependence, Symbiotic Relationships

The connection between the human and the non-human, however distant and even adversarial it may appear, exists in a delicate equilibrium that must be reviewed from an artistic standpoint. One may consider this close linking that, while being tracked by individuality, also exists and is understood as a whole, all at once, in natural, organic, and beautiful chaos, starting with the concept that an eco-system consists of a variety of interactions between vari-ous agents that are frequently reliant on one another.
From this one can question how can we develop commu-nication systems that go beyond the human through active listening? How does sound fit into the most varied ecosys-tems? Can, on the other hand, all dependency connections be converted into sound exercises?
The process of developing a Sonic Feedback Loop is ex-plored in this artist talk as it is based in the ecosystem that generates the sound and then to that responds to it. By do-ing so, it develops a sharing system that, like so many oth-ers, is more akin to an activity in active listening than speaking. Even further away from considering listening as merely a physical action and more toward it as a posture.

André Araújo
André Araújo (Porto, 1999) is a Portuguese musician, visual artist and researcher. He studied Classical and Jazz Program at the Conservatório de Música do Porto and has a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz and Light Music (woodwinds) at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel - Belgium. He holds a MA in Contemporary Artistic Creation from Aveiro University and is currently a PhD student in Artistic Creation by Aveiro University (Aveiro), School of Music and Performing Arts (Porto), School Of Media Arts And Design (Porto), School Of Arts And Design (Caldas Da Rainha). Araújo's body of work uses different mediums from Videoart and Installation to Visual and Sound Performance to explore the relationship between sound and image, as a conduit to address social issues and the themes of memory, oppression/repression and territory.
Marta de Menezes

Marta de Menezes is a Portuguese artist (Lisbon, 1975) with a degree in Fine Arts by the University in Lisbon, and a MSt in History of Art and Visual Culture by the University of Oxford. She has been exploring the interaction between Art and Biology, working in research laboratories demonstrating that new biological technologies, DNA, proteins and live organisms can be used as an art medium. Her work has been presented internationally in exhibitions, and articles. She is since 2005 artistic director of Ectopia – Experimental Art Laboratory and from 2009 director of Cultivamos Cultura – Association.


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