Field_Notes is an art&science field laboratory at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station in Lapland/Finland organised by Bioart Society Finland. Five groups work for one week in the sub-Arctic Lapland to develop, test and evaluate specific interdisciplinary approaches in relation to the notion of Ecology of Senses.

Reciprocal Sensing (Insensible Sensibilities)

Hosted by Kira O’Reilly with Heather Barnett, Martin Malthe Borch, Antye Greie, Lumi Greie-Ripatti, Mari Keski-Korsu, Avner Peled, Antti Tenetz


To wander, to feel, to roam, to see.

To smell, really smell. Those dark scents of the deep wet earth.
To think in a meandering fashion… like all thoughts, but more focused and more free simultaneously. The luxury of time and space.

The blurring of boundaries, the ambiguous edge of me and them,
skills seep and conversations loop.
Each iterative day a new formation.

The meta, the tangibles, the reflections…

These are the fragments of this exercise, of trying to put experience into words.

//take 8 practitioners interested in sensing
//between physical and virtual
//between human and nonhuman
//between body and environment
//between self and other
 
//add 
/sleeping slime mould
/environmental sensors
/robotic hands
/juniper leaves
/screaming sounds
 
//results
 
A mash up of the senses and sensibilities, of practices and preoccupations, of methods and madness. A collection of polarities. 
 
What is the collective noun for a group of people exploring the idea of ‘reciprocal sensing’ in a remote landscape?
A clutter? A mishmash? An amoeboid? A gloop?
 
Gloop is a soup. 
Made from a bunch of ingredients, thrown together and cooked slowly on the hob.
It is warming to eat.

Excerpts by Heather Barnett, from the blog entry created by the Reciprocal Sensing group, who participated in the 2018 Field Notes residency ‘Ecology of Senses’ – read the full post here

Other articles about the residency:

Makery Magazine – interview with Erich Berger by Hannah Rogers

panoramic view of hills and lake

The view over the lake and the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station, situated below Mount Saana.

Above: Reciprocal Sensing | Herding 

We roamed, we foraged, following our own path, but staying close to the group. As we wandered a group of reindeer crossed our path, following the same rules.

Below: photographs of our explorations and experiments during the residency