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Title: Integrating plant electrophysiology and sonic art
Author: Leudar, Augustine Jan Seth Maranatha Bannatyne
ISNI:       0000 0004 6424 6341
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis accompanies a portfolio of site specific sound art installations that were delivered in the UK, Europe and South America between 2012 and 2016. The principle focus of the research is to combine plant electrophysiology and sonic art with a particular emphasis on spatial audio. By using networks of electrodes, audio spatialisation and various artistic techniques, electrical activity in the biosphere was made tangible through sound in real-time. Installations based on this research were presented at public events, immersing listeners in the complexity of these processes. Bespoke software was created to meet creative and technical objectives. Sound installations were created that were designed to stand as works of art in their own right regardless of whether or not the audience knew there was a scientific component to the piece; at the same time new approaches to monitoring electrical activity in plants were developed. A description of how these two elements are combined and how scientific needs influence artistic work and vice versa is given. The principle object of this research is not to gather qualitative or quantitative data, but to convert signals into sound in real-time and create art installations that engender a space where independent elements of both disciplines can merge as well as develop independently from each other. Technical and artistic gaps in the field are identified through the literature review and addressed in the installations. The software created forms a bridge between the creative and the technical side of the research and is described by means of videos. This commentary is accompanied by a USB stick that has relevant software and audio documentation. It also includes an offline website which contains important information such as videos, and is referred to throughout the text and forms an essential component of the thesis.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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