TABOO - TRANSGRESSION - TRANSCENDENCE
in Art & Science
27-29 September 2023, Malta Society of Arts, Valletta
In BAT EXPERIENCE you have the opportunity to embody the Lesser Long-Nosed bat, a resident of the deserts of Central and North America and perceive this arid landscape through active echolocation. Your goal is to use your new senses to find the plants you like to feed on! With the help of virtual reality, we visualize the ‘acoustic image’ bats create when using echolocation and offer a glimpse to their amazing world from a non-human perspective. This immersive experience seeks to generate awareness and fascination for these winged inhabitants of this ecosystem and thereby promote conservation.
Bats use active echolocation to perceive the world around them, which, different to all of our senses, is an active way of sensing. This is especially difficult to understand from a human perspective since all our senses work passively. We do not need to send anything to the environment to see or hear. On the other hand, bats are in constant communication with their environment by sending calls and waiting for the returning echoes. From this acoustic way of perception, some plants have exploited different strategies to reflect the ultrasound more clearly and thereby attract these winged mammals. Hundreds of years of coexistence were needed to achieve a sophisticated form of communication, between the vocal-auditory organs of the bat and the sexual organs of the plant. Living together and shaping each other.
This collaboration in art and biology aims to make both visible and interactive, the acoustic communication between pollinating bats and the plants they feed on.
Marthin Rozo is a Colombian artist who works and researches the intersection between art and biology for the conservation and recognition of biodiversity. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Artistic Research at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and received his MA in Art & Science at the same university with distinction and recognition from the city of Vienna for his Master's Thesis “BAT EXPERIENCE Pollination Through Sound” which is going to be presented this year at TTT. His work has been shown internationally. He lives and works in Vienna, Austria.