The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants

Serpentine Galleries present the third instalment of this year-long symposium and research project, presented as part of the General Ecology project. The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish with Plants brings together scientists, anthropologists, artists and theologians around plant sentience, plant intelligence, communication with the vegetal world and forms of mysticism and healing.

Presented in a 25.1, 3D surround sound, recordist Chris Watson premieres Salmo salar – The Three Realms which traces the Atlantic salmon run from the ice edge of the Barents Sea to their spawning ground by the source of the River Coquet in Northumberland, capturing along the way the sounds of vegetation from the ‘three realms’ of salt water, freshwater, and air. Salmo salar was specially composed on this occasion for the L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound installation at EarTH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney).

The venue is the only one in Europe to be equipped with immersive L-ISA surround sound, and it turns Salmo Salar – The Three Realms, which follows the journey of migrating salmon, into a glorious, sensual rush. This is sound as sculpture: in the dark, surrounded by an audience of 500, you don’t just hear the sound of bearded seals singing and orca whales moving through forests of kelp – you experience it physically.

The Guardian

Participants include Saelia Aparicio, Antoine Bertin, Vivian Caccuri, Teresa Castro, Amy Hollywood, Kapwani Kiwanga, Natasha Myers, Michael Marder, Tabita Rezaire, Chris Watson, Elvia Wilk and more to be announced.

  • 19 May 2019
  • 13.00 – 23.00
  • EartH, Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BH