Yota Ayaan


यो ट


2022
Postscript
Writing after recording
Upcoming
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2022
myoo-choo-uh-liz-uhm
Espaço Pontes
15.09 – 04.11.22
ars-id.org

2021
Trauma Response
Curated by Judith Hofer
Duplex AIR
Lisbon 

2021
Hacking IG
PMX32-3DU
rbgy/r0sleg
no follower
no post

2021
Plant Spirit Organisation
Forum for Communicators
Video conference

2021
Plant Data, Beyond our Understanding
of Plant Communication, Alice Bonnot
Pub. Jul–22 Contemporary Hum

2021
Plant Data
Plant Intelligence Harmonics
Museu História Natural
MHNC–UP

2021
Plant Spirit
Museu História Natural
MHNC-UP

2020–21
A-I-R Plant Intelligence 
Faculty of Science
Dept. of Biology
FC–UP

2020
AE Interpretation Data
Laboratory of Plant Ecology
Ghent, Belgium

2020
A-I-R Mobility Research
Cripta747 Studio programme
Turin, Italy


2019
Upheavals
Galeria do Sol
CCOP

2019 
Hacked Webcam
Open-source everything
respublica.tube

2019
Omega
Y.A. + Xavier Paes
Making noise






















The Basket at Duplex
2021











Trauma Response
Duplex AIR
Lisbon

Group exhibition with Catarina Simão | Filipe Cortez | Juliana Matsumura | Maria Máximo | Marie Antoinette | Theodore Ereira-Guyer | Yota Ayaan

Curated by Judith Hofer

Referring to remote viewing and extra sensory intelligence, The Basket proposes that in the same way we only understand bits and pieces of non-human consciousness and communication, we are just beginning to grasp the operating principles of our own.

On the floor underneath a single hanging speaker are placed three specimens of Hericium Erinaceus. The sound work recorded on Ayaan’s phone plays quietly above, denoting parallels in intelligence and sensory communication capacities through invisible perception networks. This phenomena can be only partially quantified by physics under the study of quantum entanglement and new sciences of the metaphysical.

On a wall nearby The Basket is projected as a video text amalgam, telling the story of a fictional protagonist who came into contact with the topic of remote viewing and telepathy. Rather than evolving technologically towards artificial and machine intelligence it feels out some other options, such as – that there might be much to discover within the field of human intelligence.

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Plant Data at MHNC-UP
2021
















Museu História Natural
MHNC-UP, Porto

Yota Ayaan
Mariana Sottomayor
Stefaan Van Leuven

Pushing back on biosensing techniques to open up new ideas on plant intelligence and harmonics with latest data acquistion technology from the Laboratory of Plant Ecology, Ghent University Belgium.

Four-channel audio installation, Fraxinus excelsior trees, sound desks, laptops, power cords, stand, speakers.

Duration: 24:00:00
Photography: Carlos Campos

Press release:

During a residency at Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto, Yota Ayaan worked with Mariana Sottomayor, a Professor of Cell Biology developing research in leaf cell physiology of a medicinal plant at CIBIO-InBIO, to find new data, ideas and research on plant intelligence and harmonics. At first they found the recent trend in biosensing techniques met with doubt and debate at its scientific fortitude. Going deeper into European laboratory networks, they came upon the relatively new and more credible field of acoustic emission (AE) acquistion and the extensive body of work of Professor Kathy Steppe from the Laboratory of Plant Ecology at Ghent University.

Plant AEs have never been recorded as audible sound, only numerical data. The laboratory provided data records taken from the Ash tree or Fraxinus excelsior, featured exclusively in the exhibition. In their conversations Steppe suggested that the role of the artist is necessary, we must attempt to convert the data, to interpret it, in order to render it accessible. Ayaan then worked in collaboration with Stefaan Van Leuven (Soulwax) on data interpretation and produced a multi-channel, twenty-four hour looped musical arrangement.

When the data records are converted via software to humanised sound they form a dynamic drone-like composition. There are two sound systems in the work, both based on AE data and extruded into two contrasting time signatures. The first system plays thousands of AE events in real time, while the second system interprets the solar path, where the sound arcs in and out of the piece over a duration of 24 hours.

This solar arc is significant in the data as plants eat light, and this pattern and formation is seen most clearly in graphic interpretations. The sonic activity lies almost dormant during the night overture and slowly builds as the sun rises to a crescendo around midday and gradually fritters away as the sun sets.

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Plant Spirit at MHNC-UP
2021








Museu História Natural
MHNC-UP, Porto

Yota Ayaan
Jackson Gore

Video installation: fraxinus excelsior trees, metal frame, home office desk, home office chair, fans, LED lights, sound desk, laptop, power cords, speakers.

Multimedia home office within an illuminated greenhouse structure, plays on a laptop and industrial speakers video recordings of four talks from plant communicators. Featuring community ritual leader Miguel Rivera, researcher and evolutionary ecologist Monica Gagliano, herbalist Mark Jensen and sculptor and indigenous food activist Roxanne Swentzell.

Duration: 1:04:00 loop

Transcript:
At first, and I’m sure you know this, it’s almost utterly overwhelming. Because you suddenly realise that we’re this one little arrogant upstart species, you know, and we’re surrounded by a vibrant, alive, interactive matrix of life. That’s been here for hundreds of millions of years. And we’ve been lost in our thoughts. We’ve been lost in this misguided sense of superiority. And this way that has lead us to a profound sense of separation. In a sense we need to honour the findings of contemporary botany and phytochemistry. We need to honour the folklore and traditional use of medicinal plants. We need to honour the indigenous teachings of plants. But there is this other section of that wheel that involves the dreaming place. It involves that place we call spirit. That place were we find ourselves touched and moved by our encounter with a plant. By an other than human part of the natural world. And that’s where that aliveness enters that wheel. It’s the motor of that whole wheel. That drives it. – Mark Jensen for Plant Spirit