[ISEA2020] Artists Statement: Afroditi Psara & Audrey Briot — Listening Space performance

Artists Statement

Listening Space is an artistic research which explores transmissions ecologies as a mean of perceiving the surrounding environment beyond our human abilities. In this live-streamed performance, the artists will intercept, record and decode an Automatic Picture Transmission signal from a NOAA weather satellite passing above them using a wearable antenna. By using the body as an interface for sensing the invisible universe that surrounds us, the artists will turn into sounds and earth images taken in real time from space some of the radio waves that penetrates the fabric of our everyday lives.

  • Afroditi Psarra is a cross-disciplinary artist and an Assistant Professor of Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. Her artistic interest focuses on the use of the body as an interface of control, and the revitalization of tradition as a methodology of hacking existing norms about technical objects. She uses cyber crafts and other gendered practices as speculative strings, and open-source technologies as educational models of diffusing knowledge. Her work has been presented at international media art festivals such as Ars Electronica, Transmediale and CTM, Eyeo, Amber, Piksel and WRO Biennale between others, and published at conferences like Siggraph, ISWC (International Symposium of Wearable Computers) and EVA (Electronic Visualization and the Arts). afroditipsarra.com
  • Textile designer and technologist, Audrey Briot (FR) is cofounder of DataPaulette, a collective and hackerspace dedicated to research in textiles technologies and soft materials. Her work is dedicated to the positive impact of emerging technologies on the preservation of savoir-faire, especially in textiles. She is focusing on non-verbal communications transmitted by textiles which represent for her a substitute of writing. To do so, she relies on anthropological researches up to the Paleolithic. Following this direction, she connects machines and computers in order to formulate textiles as memory vectors, adding data and interactivity. audreybriot.fr