photos: corey rankin

At the intersection of art and science, Sentient I (2018), revisits vibrant matter through the magnification of microscopic movements, nonhuman self-trajectory behaviours and sensorial experience. In Sentient I the motion of particles in a current and the immersive soundscape become the core of a living environment. The multinucleate, single cell Physarum polycephalum expands and contracts at a constant rate through a network of trans-vascular ‘veins’ while foraging for food. The spectator is immersed in an equally human and nonhuman relationship while being immersed in deep ancestral and organic sounds. In addition to the video, the printed acrylic disc sculpture captures the essence of this collaborative multi-headed growth at the apex of its life force. It shows one of several experiments that the artist undertook during six months of culturing   Physarum polycephalum in a petri dish with agar flakes, powdered oats and Valeriana Officinalis roots.

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