In September 2018, Katharina and Till set out for a four-week long expedition to Eden Project in Cornwall, UK. Our intention has been to invite (non-)human beings on the site to create electronic sounds as a shared artistic intervention. But we soon found that we were confronted with something much more than just a place to make music at: Eden Project presented itself as a giant, living, and pulsating organism. So complex, so lively, that most of its aspects continuously escaped our comprehension. As these impressions slowly settled in our thoughts and work, we deliberately extended our invitation to the organism called Eden Project itself.
Calm sea and an hour or two between Calais and Dover…
We drove through a maze of hedges and soil until we reached the brightly lit portal declared as the back entrance of a garden called Eden.
We are overwhelmed by the sheer sensory overflow of day one at Eden. It is (expectedly) difficult to even only get a hint of the function and inner workings of an organisms as Eden Project just by glancing over parts of its behaviour.
In six days we will have met Adam. I will make a note in my book: Today we learned about bananas.
We had plans to explore the far outskirts of Eden Project and ended up discovering the area just behind the core building.
An electromagnetic listening walk.
An acoustic recapitulation of our expedition behind and inside the mediterranean zone of Eden Project.
Hi Till and Katharina. Please find attached .CSV files for the outside data, and WTB biome. Data is from midnight 07th September 2018 to midnight 08th September 2018 at 8 minute intervals. Hope this helps. Cheers, Michael
We visited Amber and Dave of FoAM Kernow in their studio. Apart from being the facilitators of our residency at Eden Project, “FoAM is a network of transdisciplinary labs at the intersection of art, science, nature and everyday life.”
The United Fruit Company was an American corporation that traded in tropical fruit (primarily bananas), grown on Central and South American plantations, and sold in the United States and Europe.
In the morning… We explored two of the many off-site areas of Eden Project. As advised by the horticulturist Kev, we walked from Vounder Barn towards the Pineapple parking lot.
In the wetlands we recorded a gang of birds…
Don’t take anything we say for a fact. In fact, if you hear us say a thing about anything, my advice would be to think of it most differently.
Behind the Core building lie the Spiral Gardens and behind these the Japanese Gardens of Eden.
pumps pumping, a robin singing
Today we got an introduction by Kevin the engineer on the pumping systems that prevent Eden from flooding. This insight fundamentally changed our view on the Eden Project plus it was a so interesting that we came back to record some of the pumps.
We were asked to help out with a contribution to the Eden Project family arts weekend today. We thought of a guided tour in the form of an exploration, suitable for kids. We got it wrong somehow.
We went on a field trip with the wonderful Anthony Bryant Stephen Polglase (and about 20 other people) to get an idea on the mining history of Cornwall.
Some impressions of our building the new node…
The Eden organism relies on 400 (winter) and 700 (summer) organelles with duties such as facilitating awareness and communication, growth, service, or immune system.
So many accompanied us on our journey. We are thankful to have met each and every one of them. For their help and perspectives on the world, for spending time with us, for being the way they are.
First there is nothing. Wait. We see nothing.
We went through all our recordings and creations and set up a sound map you can explore from within Eden Project.