The Sounds of Others: A Biophonic Line

Installation by Marcus Coates

23 October - 2 November 2014

Lovelock Art Commission for the Manchester Science Festival

Cape Farewell proudly presents the Lovelock Art Commission; an annual commission that invites an artist to take inspiration from the lifelong work of the famous scientist James Lovelock. In partnership with the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) we have selected Marcus Coates, who launched his new installation The Sounds of Others: A Biophonic Line during the Manchester Science Festival 2014.

Understanding the world as an intelligent interconnected organism is central to Lovelock’s Gaia Hypothesis. The theory establishes relationships between events in nature that were previously regarded as unconnected. In the spirit of this enquiry Coates has worked alongside renowned wildlife sound-recordist Geoff Sample to discover what connects such varied animals as bats, whales, insects, amphibians and humans, using their sounds as a common link.The Sounds of Others: A Biophonic Line distorts the speed of their voices to unearth common patterns and forms that would normally be beyond the reach of the human ear.

For this work Marcus Coates has studied hundreds of animal sounds to discover the minute but discernible connections between them. By stretching and compressing the sounds, resemblances between them appear. The installation reveals a complex and fascinating world of acoustic communication and our connection with it.

The audio installation The Sounds of Others: A Biophonic Line opened on the 23rd October 2014 at the opening night of Manchester Science Festival. During the night there was a ticketed in-conversation event with artist Marcus Coates. Watch footage from the opening night below.

The Manchester Science Festival
Thurs 23 October 2014 to Sunday 2 November 2014
10:00 - 17:00

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