TRISTAN GARCIA, 6:00 PM
JANA WINDEREN, 7:30 PM
APRIL 20, 6:00 PM
As philosopher Tristan Garcia understands it, there is a way to think about a universe of pure extensity, where each entity would be part of another, that would be part of another, and so on. Here nothing would ever belong to itself, but anything would belong to something else: being unidentifiable, each entity related to itself would already be another one. Extensity would be the name of an endless nightmarish extension of entities without identity and without intensity.
Garcia, whose book Forme et Objet (2011) is released in English translation this month, will speak at The Artist’s Institute about how identity, far from being neutral, is a tension comprised of entities about to disseminate themselves into myriads of distinct things indifferent to one another. Logical identity, temporal identity, and organic identity are several versions of what makes a single object out of several things. Since nothing is ever absolutely itself, everything is subjected to variation and, compared to itself, a thing is never mistaken for itself: it’s more or less itself, it’s intense.
APRIL 20, 7:30 PM
Jana Winderen, Out of Range, 2014, 40 min.
When flying around a cave, a bat generates ultrasound to find its way. These sonic calls range in frequency from 14,000 to over 100,000 Hz, pinging off walls and creating a highly complex echolocation scan of the surrounding environs. Animals including whales, toadfish, and and moths also use the acoustic properties of space for orientation. You could say they ‘see” with sound and “hear” the objects around them.
While all sound is invisible, ultrasound is inaudible to humans. Its oscillating sound pressure waves have a greater frequency than our upper limits, which top off at around 20,000 Hz. Many species have access to a greater frequency than us and also more specific and specialized combinations of senses, producing and perceiving high frequencies for orientation, hunting, and communication.
The mix for Winderen’s piece Out of Range (2014) is based on ultrasound hydrophone recordings onto an ultrasound detector, hydrophone recordings below the water, and of echolocation sound in audible range by mammals and sounds made by fish and underwater insects. The recordings were made in various locations in Central Park and along the East River in New York, in a forest outside Kaliningrad in Russia, in Regents Park, London, and in various locations in Madeira, Norway, Denmark and Sweden. The ultrasound is time-stretched to bring it into a frequency range audible for human beings. We will play it in The Artist’s Institute following a talk by philosopher Tristan Garcia.