Noisy Embryos – RADIX
Noisy Embryos is a 9 screen audio / visual installation developed by the RADIX collaborative group (Robinson, Rundle, Strang) as a result of an artists residency in the Baltic Arts Centre (BAC), Gotland, Sweden. The resulting work was invited to be exhibited at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge for the Science Festival 2017. Along with the exhibition, RADIX were invited to discuss the work, making practices and snails (the core focus of the group being Radix balthica) at an evening presentation during the Science Festival.
The key link to my research besides the use of technology and approaches to sound and noise explored in the group is how the collaboration functions and manages to make things (artworks). The collaboration is a truly cross-disciplinary group covering marine biology, water ecology, fine art, digital art, media art, photography, film making, sound art and technology. These disciplines are attributes of the core members of RADIX (Robinson, Rundle and Strang) and yet the core member of the group is nonhuman – Radix balthica, the snail first named by Linnaeus on the Island of Gotland in 1741. The group functions as a complex assemblage of moving parts that are never in the same configuration during different productions of work. Whilst noise is an integral element of this project it is the functions of the group dynamic that are of interest to my research as noise practices are dealt with better in other projects that are more closely aligned to my intentions for noise.
For the exhibition a booklet was also produced from the field notes made by RADIX whilst on residency in Gotland and there is a foreword by Andrew Pickering.