Magnetoception: “a sense which allows an organism to detect a magnetic field to perceive direction, altitude or location.”

Magnetoceptia is a series of performances and installations in which self-constructed, antenna-based costumes pick up site-specific radiowaves  and make them audible through electronic sound.

The project is an investigation on different sonic and material properties of natural environments contrasting urban landscapes, and a visualization of physical phenomena that primarily appear to be invisible for the human gaze. Extensions of our rudimentary animal senses are being developed to make those phenomena perceivable. The experienced sound is site-specific and generated during the performance, a sonic exploration of the specific spatial situation. The sound is modulated by the positions and movements of the performers relative to the space and each other, dismantling traditional concepts of stage and catwalk, musician and instrument. The project necessitates an involved participation and the object or event under consideration is by necessity considered not as an artifact but in its dynamic production that involves the performer/listener as inter-subjectively constituted in perception, while producing the very thing he perceives, and both, the subject and the work thus generated concomitantly, are as transitory as each other.

Magnetoceptia is operating a process of continuous adaptation to the venues and platforms where it manifests itself for a singular occurrence after which it falls apart again in separate pieces. Those seem to be endlessly re-combineable and can merge into various different shapes, to another immersive multisensorial experience of its own kind.

Magnetoceptia is a collaborative project by
Dewi de Vree  and Patrizia Ruthensteiner