The Arachnid Orchestra is a dystopian-realistic society of spiders curated by the artist, Tomas Saraceno. He attaches midi parsing technology to the web habitat of spiders and uses them as a quasi-social musical instrument. Delicate vibrations created by spiders interacting with webs and other gently structural membrane instruments from the mind of Tomas.
As suggested by its name, the orchestra is extensively characterised that the spiders have names such as Nephila pilipes, Psechrus singaporensis and Heteropoda davidbowie. It gives us the added freedom of narrative in these non-human subjects.
The natural process of sculpture that we can appreciate through the web structures of each habitat gives us a sense of realism and research. The coexistence of these two realms creates a unique interactive experience.
The Arachnid Orchestra often holds jam sessions that allow the audience to enjoy the spiders music in collaboration with jazz and experimental musicians such as Bani Haykal. The spider’s music sounds harmonious to the human musician’s sounds such that it blends in as if a familiar interspecies collaboration.
However, the main purpose of these jam sessions is to allow the audience to communicate with the spiders, using music as a medium. This exploration of interspecies communication is cutting edge, forward looking and offers a unique two-way interactive opportunity.
An under-explored realm of interaction is the role of nature and its other living inhabitants. There is an ecstacy in deconstructing our lack of understanding to how our world works, new sensations are discovered because of our lack of knowledge. There is a child-like fantasy in reaching out and connecting for the first time.
In Arachnid Orchestra .Jam Sessions, it is the audience role to create the art that is the unfamiliar connection between our species and the Arachnids. The art lies not just in the interaction between spiders, but also in the experimental mode of interspecies communication that is fairly narrative.
Hear their sounds, click below—
More information can be found on their documentation site: http://www.arachnidorchestra.org/