Saša Spačal: Anatomy of a Symbiosis

Sonificiation of a biological process resulting in a drifting ambiental electronic drones and gentle glitchy sonic detritus. The sound-form calls for a deep listening session while the underlaying concept foregrounds the disruptive human intervention.

“Saša Spačal’s Anatomy of a Symbiosis is the outgrowth of a dynamic, living biotechnological installation, Symbiome – Economy of Symbiosis, originally presented as a generative 22 hour broadcast of the sonified data it generated, now edited and collected as a condensed listening experience, enabling wider transmission of the intrinsic messages and ways of being in the world which it invokes.

On the surface, one is listening to the audio artifact of the disintegrating symbiotic bond between soil bacteria Rhizobium trifolii and red clover Trifolium pratense caused by human intervention with the introduction of nitrogen fertilizer, eliminating the necessity for this unlikely and fragile collaboration which had developed in the deep past, hidden from human cognizance by its macro time frame and micro scale, buried within the earth.” – from liner notes by Brandon Rosenbluth



Saša Spačal · sound, concept
Red clover Trifolium pratense and soil bacteria Rhizobium trifolii · symbiosis
Mirjan Švagelj · experiment setup, data collection and scientific consultation
Pim Boreel · software design and programming
Ana Čavić · poem proofreading
Tina Ivezić · graphic design
Brandon Rosenbluth · liner notes
Katja Kosi· proofreading
Luka Prinčič, Luka T. Zagoričnik · executive production

Anatomy of a Symbiosis was commissioned in 2022 by Radio Art Zone, a joint project by the artist duo Mobile Radio (Sarah Washington & Knut Aufermann) and the Luxembourg community station Radio ARA, which broadcasted for 100 days as part of the European Capital of Culture Esch2022.


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