By 2100, one third of biological species and nine tenths of languages will have disappeared. Under the impression of this simultaneous decline in diversity, we designed ECOLALIA, a poetry of extinction and disappearance as a deep learning process that starts from a real-time chemo-vibrational conditioning of oral microbes. ECOLALIA takes its starting point in the history of poetry: while the poets of the classical age brought their words to life, we — as literati of the post-anthropocene — discover in microbial reproduction and death as such a source of poetry.
To sensitize the audience’s oral microbiota to interact with phonemes, we “skeletonize” the repetitive speech sounds (of a performer and the audience) down to their phonetic structure, sonic materiality, tonal vibration and noisiness. The audience visually and acoustically attunes their speech sounds to the life and death of their fragile oral flora, becoming bilingual co-authors of the post-anthropocene.
Dept Digital Arts, Performance Laboratory, Medical University of Vienna, ArtScience Group, University of Applied Arts, Vienna., Austrian Science Fund PEEK AR 687, Jens Hauser, Lucie Strecker, Bozhidar Baltov, Boris Vitazek,, Christoph Freidhöfer, Ula Reutina