Acoustic Bodies

Today, we are entering an increasingly more bio-tech world. This is a world where biology and electricity meet, for a productive dance in becoming. A dance that is a dialogue of exchange where your circuits are sparked because someone or something else is also causing a spark. Where your electronic magnetic field (EMF) is so open, big and radiating that you cannot help but understand someone from miles away—a type of magnetism that is ripe for empathy.

As bodies, we are all vessels that process light, smell, sound, space, and sensation. We do this without having to think, and most of the time, our bodies react before the mind gets in the way.          

The opposite can also hold true.

The body is a sensual experience, yet we can stay blind to it unless we wake up through our mind first—our second set of eyes. And this mind is built like a software disk. It stores memory and processes data and acts as the software for our hardware to feel, sense, and move.

The heart acts like the oscillator between these two spaces. It is a pacemaker that keeps a beat through our breath, and gives an output for our vibe through our EMF. It dictates our rhythm, sets the pace, and operates like a magnet that attracts what we need, or desire into our field of being.

This oscillating power between mind and body creates a feedback process that sets up a space for the body to be reimagined as an electro-acoustic phenomenon. Reimagining the body as an electro-acoustic phenomenon allows us to begin to think of the body operating in world that is increasingly relying on the cerebral and techo-science, to borrow a term from French philosopher Jean-Francois Lyotard.

The body as an acoustic sense machine is an organized mass of cells, which are wired for techno-science. A body whose memory is further than our mind memory, and who is mimicking itself and its capabilities through technology. Jean-Francois Lyotard has interpreted techno-science to be a concept that encapsulates all versions of technologies, including us, as well as one-celled bacteria who have to process and photosynthesize matter and materials. The photosynthesis of an organism is technology in itself. In essence, any being that processes one material to another is a technology.

“You know – technology wasn’t invented by us humans. Rather the other way around. As anthropologist and biologists admit, even the simplest life forms, infusoria (tiny algae) are already technical devices. Any material system is technological if it filters information useful to its survival, if it memorizes and processes that information and makes inferences based on the regulating effect of behavior, that is, if it intervenes on and impacts its environment so as to assume its perpetuation at least.“ * 

Feeling through the dimensionality of body, through sound, like a bat in a cave gives strange sensation and bodily epiphanies. Feeling through your insides with different dimensionalities is like being in the body, with a camera. A camera that can rotate its head 360 and see up, down, left, right and all around through all the rotator-cuff-type dynamics and dimensions of different abilities of seeing and hearing. 

And these lines we can ‘feel and ‘hear’ aren’t just the contours of the muscles, nor are they just the bends and bands from the edges of our myelin sheath. It’s the dynamic feeling and energetic release pathways that these stretches produce, universally. Our body, as technology to be tapped into. How does an inner and outer dialogue begin to take shape through lines, bones, muscles, spine, joints and density drawn out, in, and around the body?

 

* Lyotard, Jean. The Inhuman: Reflections on Time, “Can Thought go on without a Body?” Stanford, Calif.: Stanford UP, 1991. Print. 12.