- Skin Waves
Having always felt close to whales, Lisanne wanted to examine the possibility of becoming telepathic with them. While exploring psychic and somatic ways to achieve this, her curiosity brought her to designing a whale sense. In this short film the protagonist connects her body to whale sounds and in this way gives scientists access to a new type of data analysis: an emotional one.
"The ocean is still so mysterious to us. While we are shooting ourselves to space, we turn our back towards our original home. The ocean is a place of humility and treasure for all of us. We have tried to conquer it, but it will inevitably conquer us if we stay ignorant to its power and our own entanglement with nature. I wanted to deepen my relationship to our original home: the ocean, and that exploration resulted in this film on becoming telepathic with a whale." - Lisanne
Skin Waves inspires a conversation about our relationship to the natural world in general, and the ocean in particular, and challenges the common perception of technology to disconnect us from the Earth's non-human species, circadian rhythms and low-frequency sounds. Could sensor-technology help us to become more empathetic to nature? Or does it simply interfere with our natural capacity to expand our consciousness and build an interspecies relationship through heart based sentience?
Exhibited at Labyrinth of the Senses (Sept. 2019) and van Gogh Museum Amsterdam (Nov. 2019)
Language: Dutch + English subtitles
In collaboration with Next Nature Network and Alain de Bruijn. Commissioned by Citysenses.
This production is supported by: Rabobank, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Cultuurfonds Almere, Gemeente Almere, ANBI, Arc2 Architecten, AMR, Voordekunst, TSR, Active Health Foundation.