MoonBus is a traveling interactivE
art installation, researCH vessel and aspIring
INtergalactic transponder exploriNg,
adopting and innovating Space and biophilLic
technologieS to facilitate artistically guided experiencesof the unfamiliar, uncharted or hidden relationships BETWEEN OURSELVES, OUR COSMOS, AND OUR BIOSPHERE.
MooonBus Challenges our cultural conception
that we must use expensive, complex technology to physically displace ourselves into space to experience it, by exploring relatively cheap and simple technologies such as remote biological sensing (RBS), to bring the experience of space and its celestial bodies to us.
Moonbus demonstrates that many space exploration technologies can be simple and inexpensive when employed on Earth, questioning our need to seek alternative ‘host’ planets or pursue the exploitation of our Solar System with the same strategies that have caused dire disruptions on Earth.
MOONBUS IS Driven by unbound imagination
MoonBus is a lab facility and traveling cultural venue powered by its own functional artistic adoption of otherwise exclusive, industrial technologies. Through captivating, awe-inspiring interactive art, MoonBus creates an accessible, tangible gateway into conserving a pre-apocalyptic biosphere in a post-apocalyptic world .
MoonBus’ ability to achieve its mission lies partly in its configuration as both research facility and art installation within the same space; prototypes can be used and/or integrate with art programming and other facets of the bus and its services directly from the test bench.
MoonBus’ inaugural year will focus on resuscitating the relics of interstellar communication research undertaken by scientist and SPACE engineer L. George Lawrence, and replicating the primary setup of Lawrence’s RBS (remote biosensor system).
Originally conducted in the Los Angeles region by Lawrence during the 1960’s, Lawrence claims to have discovered plants may be acting as intergalactic bio-sensors, receiving a sort of binary information from star constellations he called ‘biograms’. Recreating the RBG to integrate with PiP, Mileece's plant hardware and software aesthetic sonification system, we may be able to capture and render any such star transmissions as audible, visual 'biograms'.
"The possibility of life beyond Earth tends to evoke partisan emotions denoting two extremes: (1) that life is unique to Earth, and (2) that it is ubiquitous and abundant throughout the universe."
— L. GEORGE LAWRENCE, 1973
Bio-communication was largely initiated by Cleve Backster, whose lifelong and continuing research in plant response mechanisms began as he stumbled across the dramatic effect of his intention to burn a leaf of a Dracenea plant, during an improvised experiment to teach FBI agents how to use polygraph machines
for lie detection.
PiP n. AN EXCELLENT THING
PiP is Mileece's evolution of the work Cleve an others pioneered so many decades ago. It is comprised of a bespoke hardware interface she calls an Electro-Botanigraph (EBG) that drives her spacialized, ‘aesthetic sonification’ system, a real-time harmonic synthesis engine hand-coded in SuperCollider. At its core, PiP captures and transforms the bio-electrical currents of plants into binary data (OSC) for artistic and eventually scientific purposes.
"VERY SOON AFTER 1966, THE YEAR I ELECTRODED THE Original plant, it also occurred to me that this bio-communication capability, consistently being demonstrated during my research, had been completely overlooked by the scientific community."
— cleve backstER, primary perception, 2003
Any interstellar signals detected by the RBS will feature as sonified counterpoint accompanied by generative biograms, (Lawrence’s term for visualizing/mapping interstellar communication) and projections to enhance their interpretation and the overall aesthetic experience.
MoonBus captures, records and transmits its sonification and visualisation data as OSC and live (VR) streams includung its field environments and microscope displays.
MoonBus’ first moon energy technology experiment will explore the implementation of ‘MoonCell’
MoonCell is an aesthetic, uncomplicated modular electrochemical energy generator that uses plant-based ethanol as its source fuel (derivative of traditional alkaline fuel cells). MoonCell’s first use will be to power PiP allowing it to be run by an isolated, portable power solution.
Eventually, MoonBus itself will be powered by MoonCells!
MoonBus’ rare Cactus Conservatory which, fitted with PiP, generates harmonic sonics modulated by their own livingness, interactions with participants and Earth’s geomagnetic signatures modulate over the course of the moon’s cycle.
MoonMusic offers a counterpoint to a culture saturated in standardised, anthropocentric muzak, opening our ears to a listening cosmos.
MoonMusic, presented in a similar format to Mileece's prior installations, will be MoonBus’ first interactive art piece. MoonMusic is interactive, interspecies and interplanetary music; a constellation of the unique, generative signatures of life and the cosmos, moment to moment through entirely bespoke, hand-coded sonification and 'datafication' systems. MoonMusic offers a counterpoint to a culture saturated in standardised, anthropocentric muzak, opening our ears to a listening cosmos.
Rooted in Pythagoras’ Music of the Spheres, MoonMusic’s narrative extends from the belly of ancient history through the modern era, from Messiaen’s Canyons to the Stars (1972), TO GE’s children's’ 45” LP radio-wave interference-derived ‘Sounds of the Stars’ (1964).
The experiments undertaken by L. George Lawrence confirmed a fascinating interstellar energetic relay between plants and certain constellations in the solar system.
The Outer Space Treaty
As Danielle Woods recently recited during her TED talk:
"The exploration and use of outer space should be carried on for the benefit of all peoples, irrespective of their level of economic or scientific development."
She goes on to say " We have not truly lived up to this ideal, although people have worked for decades to make this a reality. Forces such as colonialism and racism and gender inequality have actually excluded many people from the benefits of space and caused us to believe that space is for the few or the rich or elite. But we cannot afford this attitude, because the world is engaged in a vital mission to improve life for everyone."
Mileece presents her sonic work as immersive, spacialised,
harmonic soundscapes that elevate the music to its most cutting-edge form and relay information unseen.