I hope you read the value in these exchanges, as I do. And that you agree they are a vital part of the development of the technology itself, as well as the changes which tore through our culture afterwards. Without the volatility of that time, as well as their personal connection and their need to work alongside one another, I don’t think we would have the cellular travel systems we do today. It would be impossible if not for these seemingly mundane messages.
And, on a personal note: in reading their exchanges, in living inside their work for all these years, my heart still breaks when they sign off fondly, share music, take a moment to look out of each other’s window through quickly snapped pictures.
The end which awaited them seems all the more cruel when viewed through these moments of discovery: of everyday intimacy, unparalleled excitement, and quiet contemplation…
And on that sad note, I will end. Eagerly awaiting your visit later today, when I will explain more about that ill-fated journey.
Since lockdown began, artists Kasia Molga
(Poland/UK) and Ivan Henriques
(Brazil/Netherlands) have been exchanging letters to overcome their physical separation as they prepare for an exhibition. Their correspondence speculates on the possibilities of transforming and transporting bodies, at the molecular level. Their exchanges create a world somewhere between reality and the imaginary, which operates from the interconnectedness of all living things.
This is the first chapter of five from Natural Glitch. Each chapter will have different formats, so follow us on @manaplantmanamachine
on instagram to keep the track on the next chapter.
Videos used in some of the clips:
nasa / google / instagram filters
Junya Yamamine, Julie Freeman, Jorge Torregrossa, Rodrigo Amim, Mario Attard, Sjoerd Legue;
A big thanks to Lesley Taker for joining us in this journey.
, 2020 is commissioned as a co-production between Ars Electronica
The Project is realised within the Framework of EMAP/EMARE and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.