Truce

Sonica 2013

Mosquitoes sing in tune to copulate mid-flight.

An inspiring phenomenon was observed from a seminal research on mosquitoes from the University of Greenwich: to find a partner of the right species type, male and female mosquitoes rely on their ability to “sing” in tune.

Truce is an interactive sound installation exploring a mosquito’s natural synchronisation behaviour highlighting the musical interactions between insect and computer.

When male mosquitoes change their buzzing frequency to synchronise and match that of a female mosquito, this enhances the mosquitoes’ ability to copulate mid-flight.

The computer produces a stimulus sound derived from the North Indian classical vocal tradition of Dhrupad and three mosquitoes independently tune their buzz to the sound.

Robin Meier is a Swiss artist and composer living in France. His interests lie in the emergence of natural and artificial intelligence and the role of humans in a world of machines. Meier tries to make sense of these questions through musical compositions and installations. Referred to as “Artist of the future” (le Monde) and “Vuvuzela of contemporary art” (Liberation); his works are shown around the globe, most recently at the Palais de Tokyo and the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, SIGGRAPH in Yokohama, Japan and the Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid.

Ali Momeni is into dynamic systems and moving targets; he works with kinetics, electronics, software, sound, light, people, plants and animals. His creative output ranges from sculptures and installations, to urban interventions and music theatre performance.

Supported by the Institut Français and The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.