Louise Mackenzie uses sound and new media to investigate our relationship with lively materials. At Fort Process, she will explore the entanglement of resonance and form. Using DIY technology, copper, blown glass and local seawater, she has constructed a network of lively vessels that, when approached, impart signals that resonate beneath a central organ. Although not scientifically calculated, this resonance is theoretically sufficient to allow extra-cellular DNA to be taken up by micro-organisms naturally occurring in the seawater through a process known as horizontal gene transfer. The more that the peripheral vessels are stimulated, the more likely genetic information will be transferred between organisms, thus through cultural interaction, possible new life may emerge.
Towards the end of the evening, Mackenzie will take a portion of seawater back to the ocean and release it into the waves, symbolically committing to our inescapable cultural entanglement with the wider environment.