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The Order of the Dolphin
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment. (The Posthumanities Hub)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3405-0335
2019 (English)Artistic output (Unrefereed)
Resource type
Mixed material
Physical description [en]

A 30-minute performance involving film, sound and spoken words, based on archival sound recordings from a scientific research experiment conducted by John C. Lilly in the 1960s, USA, on interspecies communication with dolphins.

Description [en]

R1 Reaktorhallen, KTH, Sweden, 16 August, 2019.This performance/listening session was performed as part of the mixed and postdisciplinary event /Mis/communication/s/, curated by Janna Holmstedt, the Posthumanities Hub, in collaboration with Jacek Smolicki, Fragmentarium Club, at the invitation of the Public Art Agency. The session took place inside the large-scale art installation “The Interplanetary Species Society (ISS)” by Jonas Staal. ISS was part of the project Choreograhies of the Social curated by Edi Muka, the Public Art Agency Sweden (Statens Konstråd).

Participants: Cecilia Åsberg (founder and director of the Posthumanities Hub, KTH/Linköping Univ., SE), Marietta Radomska (co-director of the Posthumanities Hub, Linköping Univ., SE/Univ. of Helsinki, FI), Janna Holmstedt (artist, SE), mirko nikolić (artist, SE/FI), Jacek Smolicki, (artist, SE/PL).

Abstract [en]

What do we hear when we think we listen? In 1961, a prominent flock of researchers were invited to a semi-secret conference arranged by NASA’s Space Science Board to discuss a subject not yet considered scientifically legitimate: What are the conditions required for establishing contact with other worlds? Could engaging in communication with dolphins prepare us for an encounter with non-human intelligence? In this listening session, Holmstedt moves between the human, the synthetic and the beastly while revisiting some of the interspecies communication experiments that were carried out in the 1950s and 60s, partly funded by NASA, where dolphins were supposed to learn to speak English with their blowholes. At the centre of the session are tape recordings from language lessons with dolphins, and a woman, whom during 75 days tried to live under equal conditions with the dolphin Peter in a flooded house.

Place, publisher, year, pages
Stockholm, 2019.
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R1, Reaktorhallen, KTH
Keywords [en]
interspecies communication, dolphins, John C. Lilly, listening, sonic sensibilities, feminist posthumanities, sound archives
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Visual Arts
Research subject
Art, Technology and Design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-260283OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-260283DiVA, id: diva2:1355103
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Available from: 2019-09-26 Created: 2019-09-26 Last updated: 2019-11-11Bibliographically approved

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