Meditating with microbes: Listening to the aliens that are already with us.

Interterrestrials, a multidisciplinary collaboration between artist duo Baum & Leahy, sound artist Sofie Birch and animator Pernille Kjær, combines installation, sound, animation and microbiology to create a meditative experience which reflects on alien life on Earth. 

In the installation visitors are invited to meditate on the otherworldly sound of a symphonic gong controlled by cultures of the extremophile microorganisms B. Subtilis and C. Elegans. The unpredictable sounds triggered by the microorganisms are accompanied by an audio-visual interpretation to create an immersive experience. Exploring the inherent human desire to communicate with extraterrestrial life, Interterrestrials is a visual meditation and sound bath which poetically explores communication between macro- and microcosmos, human and nonhuman.

The piece is developed in collaboration with scientist Peder Worning, technical designers Asbjørn Derdau and Greg Orrom Swan and programmer Søren Andreasen. The project is supported by The Animation Workshop, Statens Kunstfond, KODA Kultur and support-in-kind from The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and University of Copenhagen (KU).

Video by Paracosmic Studios