Autopoiesis

Collaboration with Maya Hottarek • Lokal Int, Biel • 2019

live-generative Audio • 3 channels • ceramic and MDF sculptures • Nano HexBug robots

In her book The Symbiotic Planet, Lynn Margulis describes the formation of eukaryotes, which over thousands of years transformed into cells with nuclei by fusing prokaryotic precursors, nowadays known as the smallest and most primordial form of all living beings created by sexual reproduction. Hottarek & Zehnder reflect on the function of these microorganisms, their interdependence and their interactive behaviour in an ecosystem: All processes taking place in a cell have an impact on the organism itself as well as on other species living in the habitat. These interrelationships are described in the Gaia hypothesis, among others. The theory developed by L. Margulis and J. Lovelock explains how the Earth and its biospheres can be compared with a single living being: The Earth’s surface creates a dynamic system that stabilizes all organisms and makes life and evolution of individual creatures possible. The prerequisite for this is, among other things, the ability of different species to organise themselves in a common habitat. In the course of social movements for the environment and nature, the Gaia hypothesis has found many followers in the hippie and New Age scene, where the earth is portrayed as a soulful organism that is punished or rewarded in the sense of an “earth goddess”. In their collaboration, the artist M. Hottarek and the composer J. Zehnder try to develop a common language to rethink the discrepancy between scientific and spiritual approaches on a visual and auditory level.