Real living Egyptian Papyrus, first ancestor of written papers in human history, gives us to hear today’s world buzzing – time of Arab Springs. Arab people “voices” rise and can be heard, they begin to speak: finally they gain a new visibility and a modification of the perception of the other. To be done with exoticism.
This project is the crossing point of two main ideas: on one side environmental perception by plants*, and on the other-side, the “Arab springs”. Thus, a group of papyrus, first ancestor of written papers in human history, release sounds and rumors from today Middle East, captured and filtered: oud melody, poems (Mahmoud Darwich, Osama Khalil), youyou, birds, revolutionary songs, slogans, Muezzin.
* based on Prof. Edgar Wagner’s researches, from the institut of Biology II, University Albert‑Ludwigs, Freiburg i. Breisgau. More precisely, electric signals or flux run through plants leading to a transmission of information, as for ex. a problem with leaf – insect attack, illness, etc. In other words, these signals warn the plant of environmental impacts which could result in difficulties affecting their quality of life. Plants can therefore react accordingly.
Material:real egyptian papyrus (Cyperus papyrus), speakers, megaphones, cables, amplifiers, Mac-mini, software, sound excerpt from Internet, written translation on paper
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Internet sound excerpts authors: Mahmoud Darwich, Osama Khalil, Amel Mathlouthi, Sonia MacInnes, crowd in Yemen, birds, oud, muezzin call
Special thanks to Volker Böhm and the Botanical Garden of Basel University