Saturday 3 September
from 14:00 CEST until 12:00 noon on Sunday 4 September
2.5097481 x 10^-5 Centuries is a 22-hour hybrid radiophonic fiction will live broadcast from the artist's garden in Cologne, Germany, starting from 14h on the 3rd of September and ends at noon the next day.
The making of this sonic fiction explores sustainable sonic pattern language based on plants' life cycles in the sympathetic environment of an actual physical garden. Artificial intelligence will be deployed to help conceive such a language, which would result from tracing symbiotic entanglements of sowing, tending, eating, digesting, and preserving. The gardener's observation of plants in search of potential Art Intelligence as it is a hybrid form of non/human agency; An imaginative figure of a" slowly growing body". It serves as a metaphor for a creative symbiosis of improvisational virtuosity in contemporary sonic ecology. Thus, the interplay between sound, light, scent, forms, colors, movements, rhythms, ambiance, climate, (hi)stories, voices, gestures, conversations, and data set orchestrates reciprocal scores based on the nature and nurture of living in the garden.
To explore alternative performance paradigms concerning bio and neuro diversities and inform diverse narratives in a potential sonic ecosystem full of sympathetic relationships for healing and reconcilement in today's disconnected worlds. From May till September, the artist will be staging a few physical and digital Garden Gathering. Inviting other musicians/artists/neighbors, or friends to partake in this fiction-making process; stimulating conversations, exchanging thoughts and recipes, listening to the garden ambiance while cooking sounds vaporizing in the air. Furthermore, prototyping highly personal instruments from plants that had grown dead and decomposed in this garden for various invited performers, who will join the live broadcast later.
Echo Ho is a Beijing born Cologne-based sonic artist and performer. Her artistic practice goes beyond sound, music, and performance by consistently bringing together different media forms, materials, and genres at the intersections of art, philosophy, culture, and technology. Her works embody artistic storytelling forms that engage with other culturally shaped concepts from a worldview, media history, and socio-political perspective. She began from an old idea; art is not a form of representation but a potent force that constantly shapes our world. She envisions breaking through the closed, predetermined cultural frameworks to seek greater connectedness amidst Earth's lives and environment. Ho's works have been performed or presented at the He Xiangning Art Museum Shenzhen, Center-A Vancouver, ISEA 2010 Germany, and ZKM Karlsruhe. She was a fellow at the Interdisziplinäre Graduiertenschule für Künste und Wissenschaften der Universität der Künste Berlin, taught at the Akademie der Medienkünste in Cologne and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Tangible Music Lab in Linz, Austria.