A Synth Powered By Human Blood
March 10, 2017
Imagine a sound-making device that is run entirely from that red stuff flowing through your veins.
That's the premise of "Until I Die," an installation work by Moscow-based media artist ::vtol:: (aka Dmitry Morozov), first displayed at the Kapelica Gallery, in Ljubljana, Slovenia in December 2016.
Through the piece, Morozov explores his interest in building "a techno-biological hybrid device" that uses his own "vitality to create electronic sounds." Citing as precedents the bioelectromagnetic work of Luigi Galvani and the Voltaic pile of Alessandro Volta, Morozov's installation includes special batteries to generate electrical current using the liquid electrolytes in his blood to power a small "algorithmic module" that creates music.
Over the course of 18 months, Morozov stored up 4.5 liters of blood for the installation. Five batteries, each with 11 storage tanks, are used to generate 3V of power. Blood was also drawn from him during the installation's opening performance.
In the artist statement from the video (below), Morozov notes that, as a result of the work, he becomes "the observer, looking at my own performance by a device that exists as a result of my efforts and is located outside my body."
Find out more about ::vtol:: here. Special thanks to Noisecollective/Synth Café for alerting us to this exciting and unusual project.
::vtol:: until I die from ::vtol:: on Vimeo.