Sensing a constellation aims to create a sensitive interface, to navigate a database of feminist healing decolonial hacking practices and to document their traces.
goldjian is preparing a constellation of feminist, healing, decolonial, hacking practices. goldjian took seriously the proposition suggested by the authors of « de l’univers clos au monde infini », to come back on earth and look at the infinity of feminist and native tales, as ways to get out of the capitalocen/anthropocen.
This explorations involves meeting, reading, hearing, connecting dots and playing with forms of displaying this constellation.
To constellate is a practice that allows us to make sense, to align ourselves (Estela López Solís) and eventually to add stars in a sky already deprived of light (Adrienne Maree Brown, citing Martin Luther King). A constellation is an ensemble of stars. From a situated knowledge position, the stars appear visibly close for civilizations to draw links between them by creating meaningful shapes. We ask: how can contemporary technofeminism generate a constellation of hopes, solidarities, and intersectional practices in order to dance forward a desirable future?
Goldjian started to prepare the project during a residency in Esc Kunst Media Labor and Mur.at, Graz, Austria. Those art center and data center are given her some technical and artistic and financial support to developp the project. Mur at is a data center who host artists in residency along with a feminist server. The server has been equiped by the sound artist Valentina Vuksic with sensors who are sonifying the electromagnietic waves of the hardware at work. This is potentially one of the soundscape that would be diffused in the installation. Over sounds would come from discussions recorded at a transhackfeminist convergence, and some recording of visionary feminist poetry (from workshops and performance in Graz).
Text and video will also be recording from this journey or connecting with a constellation of feminist, healing, decolonial content, hosted on the cloud, feminist servers.
We are going to connect those inspiring dots together, and explore different ways of navigating them.
The larger project is being documented here: http://aconstellation.space.
For this residency, we would like to experiment with a sensorial dark room, with stars shaped light that hide infrared sensors.
In this set up, human movement could trigger the infra reds, acting as sensitive cursors, navigating a database of soundscapes, audio recording, videos and images and a few text files . The room would be black/dark/void of media effect by default. Projectors or speakers will be only activated by human movement. This sensible constellation will allow the public to play with sounds, texts, video and images appearing to « reveal » moments and echos of feminist healing hacking practices in the dark space.
Human movement and touch would trigger 3 possible types of output .