Sound installation, 5-channel, 30 piezo sensors as speakers, subwoover,
SEASONAL NEIGHBOURS – Our Invisible Hands, Z33 Hasselt, Belgium, 2022

image: Roberto Priamo Sechi

seeding noise

Contributors: Ines Marita Schaerer & Caroline Profanter

How to take a closer look on the role of the plants within the context of modern farming, and what can we learn from listening to and deconstructing a multifaceted sonic environment?

What can be considered as forms of multispecies-resistance and how to make them graspable, palpable?

How are rhythms and cycles shaped by these highly designed environments, and how do they feed back into these processes?

This research is based on an attempt to take a closer look at the rhythms and cycles in the field, and the relationships between working bodies and crops. Their roles within the agricultural sector are interdependent and intertwined with each other. To consider both requires a different form of listening. Both the plants and the workers are disciplined and rhythmized within this industrial agricultural framework, but there are still important natural, biological processes which resist the compulsion of synchronisation.

Together with the composer Caroline Profanter, we speculate on these processes and biological (poly-)rhythms as resisting, arbitrary forces against the synchronisation and the silencing by monoculture. We will create a sonic mapping by means of translation.

During the group exhibition of Seasonal Neighbours in Z33 2022 we showed the first stage of this research in an immersive installation.

The project later resulted in the form of a concert in a strawberry glasshouse in Wellen (BE), with all the living beings in this habitat as the audience (including plants and insects, permanent and seasonal workers).

A music movie of this concert is made in collaboration with Roberto Priamo Sechi. Audio fragments of the exhibition installation and the greenhouse concerts can be found on the website of Ines Marita.︎︎︎

Biography Ines Marita Schaerer
Biography Caroline Profanter

Many thanks to Steve and Leen from Hoezaerenbosh in Hoogstraten for being so open to host the research of this project, to Hilke Neiss and Hendrik Dupont to host the concert in their greenhouse in Wellen. Also to OVERTOON, platform for sound art in Brussels, who supported the early research of Ines with a temporary studio and mentoring by .

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