Regine conducts a winding interview with Antony Hall, whose creations—if I can try to put his multifarious experiments under a single, details-occluding nut—tend to explore the intersection of electronics, music, and nature. Projects like the “iLog” are basically just electronics stuffed in wood, while “ENKI” connects bioelectric fish to human brains to produce a state of relaxation. In case you were wondering, yes, that is awesome.
Isn’t the idea of putting one’s “brain-wave entertainment” into the fins of an animal scary? Do you feel that people would trust any other electronic device more than a fish or any other type of animal?
That is a good question. It’s an exciting notion this whole idea of “wet-wear” interfacing – but not something that should be taken lightly. I don’t like to be on my own if i am doing a test run, and yes I find it very unnerving. I never quite got used to the idea of connecting strangers up to electrodes and the fish. I also worry about the fish. The fish needs to be content and ‘happy’ for this to work.
In my opinion that most of these commercial devices are made by various humans all of whom have different intentions and issues, namely cost efficiency; and so effectively using quite crude means; cheap microchips. The Black Ghost knife fish is the result of millions of years of evolutionary refinement; but you could still say the same of micro chips.
Interview with Antony Hall [WMMNA]