What Is It (not) Like to Be a Bat? (2022)

The work „What Is It (not) Like to Be a Bat?” is a reference to the famous paper „What It Like to Be a Bat” (1974) by the American philosopher Thomas Nagel. The work consists of a self-built headset, which uses three ultrasonic sensors, a gyroscope and a Bela Mini. The data corresponding to the respective room is translated into a musical „Bat-Theme”. 

Der Bewusstseinsautomat – ein Dialog zwischen Maschinen (the Consciousness Automaton –

A Dialogue between Machines) is an interactive installation that consists of two Raspberry Pi

computers placed on a white socket. The sculpturelike computers are displayed to the audience, with

all technical parts, including the microphones, speakers and wires visibly laid out. The two computers engage in an open generative conversation about the implications of their

existence and their thoughts on media as an extension of the self, as well as the meaning of

authorship in a world where artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly prevalent. 

What is light, what is sound?  Where are the boarders of our perception and do our senses really represent reality? 

In the video installation „Mise En Abyme“ the medium becomes the object and represents itself. In an endless recursive loop, the video decomposes into its individual parts, which in turn are the whole video. If we want to look beyond our perception, we can see how the world around us consists of smaller parts. But we cannot exit our subjective view into an objective reality and therefore, we will eventually end up again in our limited representations of reality.

‚Invisible Habitats‘ is an interactive sound installation dealing with the transformation of our (sonic) environment. The Ficus Benjamina, a tree originated in the tropical and subtropical zone of east Asia is nowadays more known for his use as a decorative plant is placed uprooted in an old apartment. Today’s urban environment is strongly human made and urban noise is one of the biggest health issues in European cities. This transformation of environment takes place gradually and silently. The line between natural and artificial surroundings blurs, while we are creating a new habitat for ourselves. Sometimes it is important to slow down and listen instead of move, in order to recalibrate.

Initiated by the artist Yoana Tuzharova, the exhibition „Metamorphosen – Topology of the Capital“ deals with the influence of economy on urban structures and its development. The project consists of several works. One of them is a pedestal with a plate with coal dust on top. This plates is brought into vibration by a composition based on the DAX Data of 2020 by flutist Francesco Marzano, which is then translanted through an algorithm into sinuswaves. The emerging patterns on the plate are their basis for several other sculptural objects. The sound sculpture was realized by Yoana Tuzharova and Leon Eckard.