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Antennas Theremin
[2017]

The Theremin is an early electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the performer.

Together with Merle Sibbel I explored making and using the theremin. This resulted in a series of antennas to put through and around the body. Our collection illustrates the weird and intimate role technology plays in our life.
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[collaboration] Merle Sibbel


[material] copper, clay, electronic components


[dimensions] 400 x 1000 mm

In the 1870s Blanche found herself a patient in the hysteria ward of Salpêtrière hospital in Paris under direction of neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot. Every week eager crowds arrived at the hospital to attend Charcot’s demonstrations of hysterics acting out their hysterical symptoms. Blanche can be described as both, victim and enchanter, of these plays.

This antenna, inspired by Blanche, is the first in an experimental antenna collection to be played with the theremin. The antenna, piercing the nipples, has the same paradoxale quality as Blanche. When first played it feels strangly wrong. At the same time it invites to be played a second time, to be exploited.

“As Paul Regnard, a student of Charcot writes“We can cut them, prick them, and burn them, and they feel nothing. Even better these completely numb spots are so poorly irrigated that when we wound them, there is not one drop of blood. The hysterics are very proud of this immunity and amuse themselves by passing long needles through their arms and legs.” In the engraving below, Blanche appears to have been transformed into an object from a flesh and blood woman into a doll.”

// Medical muses, Hysterica in nineteenth century paris by Asti Hustvedt.

Antennas Theremin
[2017]

The Theremin is an early electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the performer. Together with Merle Sibbel I explored making and using the theremin. This resulted in a series of antennas to put through and around the body. Our collection illustrates the weird and intimate role technology plays in our life.
Accordion Content
[material] perspex, wood, metal, 55 servo motors, 3 pololu micro controllers

[dimensions] 800×1000 mm
Imagine humanity through the eyes of aliens. Wouldn’t we look magical from space? From afar, humans seems to generate light. On closer inspection you would see that they actually have frail bodies, and they dominate their habitat through the use of tools.

Over time perhaps you could see the shift. The dawn of an industrialised civilisation. For a time humankind flourished in their mass-produced utopia. Great tools were built, of a scale easily visible from space. These creatures became enslaved to automatisation. With no need for thinking, their brains grew weaker, and their ability to dream of radical new technologies faded. The magic of these tools got lost in utility, as humans become estranged from the technological landscape surrounding them.

How will they re-insert themselves and reconnect with their tools? Will they start imagining again when they are empowered to understand their tools? Let us take a step back in time and space to obsolete technologies. Is there anything to be gained from resurrecting lost techniques?
1920x1371 blanche2000
980x660 blanche4
980x660 blanche1
700x462 installations with thermemin6
700x462 installations with thermemin5
700x462 installations with thermemin3
700x462 installations with thermemin4
600x336 installations with theremin performance merle5
600x336 installations with theremin performance merle4
600x336 installations with theremin performance merle3
600x336 installations with theremin performance merle5
600x336 installations with theremin performance merle3
600x336 installations with theremin performance merle2
600x336 installations with theremin performance merle1