ISD! Introductions: ZOOX
ZOOX* is an artist collective whose current members are Georgie Brinkman and Alex Wight. Although based in the UK, we predominantly form our practice through participation in artist residencies and travel to other cultures, particularly by visiting and exploring island-based or remote communities. Our work addresses the symbiosis of technology and ecology, drawing on diverse themes of biomimicry, species extinction, mythology and human intervention in the environment. We often create research-based and cross-disciplinary artworks by collaborating with individuals from varied backgrounds, such as scientists and musicians.
ZOOX also run an London-based residency for emerging artists working with moving image called The New Flesh.
* Zoox(anthellae) are microscopic algae that exist symbiotically with coral. In exchange for access to sunlight, zoox provide coral with energy and colour.
sɪnˈθɛtɪk səmˈsɑːrə It Sounds Devicive! FaB18
As artists that often examine the relationship between technology and nature we would like to approach this theme from a slightly different perspective, and consider how bird and insect calls, and other organic sound take on new meanings in a machine-focussed society. For example, the buzz of a cicada is commonly described as sounding like electricity, even though the cicada vastly predates electricity. Surely in chronological reasoning we should say that the sound of an electrical buzzing sounds like a cicada, as opposed to vice versa?
We would like to create a sound installation that questions our ability to distinguish between machine and organism, addressing how technology mediates contemporary relationships between humans and our ecological environment.