With a starting point in her ongoing exhibition NOÖSPHERE, Erin Sexton presents her artistic practice, work and methodologies in conversation with curator Julie Lillelien Porter. Erin Sexton is a Canadian artist who explores the poetics of theoretical physics and science fiction, imagining speculative futures through her play with materials, technology, and everyday objects.
Artist talk with Erin Sexton 15.00
From the Greek, noö is mind.
In October 2017 an experiment was conducted. At the Bergen Kringkaster on Askøy Island, two participant's brainwaves were sonified using psychotronic EEG technology. These signals were transmitted via amateur radio, bouncing off the different layers of the ionosphere, brushing up against cosmic particles, and exiting the atmosphere into space. An outdoor radio station in the Svartediket valley was set up to coordinate and record the process. Radio noise contains the entire history of our universe. In the vacuum of space, radio waves travel infinitely at the speed of light, and are emitted along with visible light from stars throughout their life cycle. Buried under our own Earthly signals, in the static, are the radio emissions of distant, ancient stars. When our transmissions slip through the ionosphere, they radiate outwards at the speed of light, inscribing our own history into space-time. Objects and the materials that comprise them recede away from our perception, existing on time-scales much larger than our own. Borax is the salt crystal of the element Boron, created by the impact of cosmic rays with our upper atmosphere. Memory foam was invented by NASA for space travel. Copper is warm, soft, and very conductive, supernovaed to us from across the galaxy.
We make predictions, but the results are infinitely variable, continuously expanding.
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