Radio Amnion: Sonic Transmissions of Care in Oceanic Space
Radio Amnion: Sonic Transmissions of Care in Oceanic Space is a multi-year ocean-sound-art project for the life sustaining waters of Earth, commissioning and relaying new artists’ compositions of affirmation, joy, love, and elegy 2.3 kms deep with/in – and addressed to – the Pacific Ocean. During each full moon, far beyond human perception, the dark abyssal fluids of the Pacific Ocean resonate with the frequencies, voices, and soundings of critical emerging contemporary artists. A reverse “Golden Record” of the voyager spacecraft, these inwardly directed, living, ritualistic relays caress a plenum of energies and entities while communicating affirmations of eco-techno-cosmo-logical entanglements between and beyond human, non-human, and more-than-human worlds.
The Radio Amnion Sonic Platform is a networked sound sculpture attached to a submerged multi-cubic kilometre “neutrino telescope” experiment being built by the Technical University of Munich’s “Neutrino and Dark Matter Group” (SFB1258). The “P-ONE” Neutrino telescope is a complex matrixial array of tethered and buoyed “strings” of optical modules submerged by robotic submarine, 2600 metres deep that search for faster-than-light particle interactions in the seawater. P-ONE is deployed 300 kms from the shores of Vancouver Island and is attached to a unique 800 km underwater network of marine and oceanographic monitoring stations called NEPTUNE Observatory of Victoria University’s Ocean Networks Canada.
Jol Thoms (b. Toronto) is an artist, researcher, and educator based in London, UK. His audio-visual compositions, lecture-performances, scientific intra-actions, and educational experimentations emerge from site-based fieldwork in remote ‘landscape-laboratories’ situated at the forefront of experimental physics and environmental stewardship where planetary bodies become vast posthuman sensing arrays. His critical practice addresses our troubled relationships with science, nature, technology, and the cosmos by signalling beyond the purely measurable and quantifiable, and by thinking, feeling, and sensing with more-than-human worlds. He is a lecturer on the MA Art & Ecology at Goldsmiths.