When you put your ear to the delicately sculpted glass ear you will hear the sound of beehives and amplified networks. These beehives, insect networks pollinate the many varieties of grapes that are used produce wine around the world. On occasion the sound of telephone networks, data networks, satellites, planes, trains digital blips add to this buzzing at all scales. This animation, sound and glass installation amplifies all forms of networks as they support and are related to the networks of wine producers that are at the center of commerce internationally. The bacterial networks (yeast bacteria and Leuconostoc oenos bacteria seen as animation) which support the wine fermentation are also made visible as are the sounds of bees, telephony, satellite networks, which support this world wide wine distribution. While the bee networks buzz and the telephonic networks beep and the satellite networks autonomously vibrate with human and machinic activity our own digestive systems become part of this network as the ingesting of wine influences and further extends our social networks. Parallel networks of activity or symbiogenisis of nectar into wine, with creatures large and small, all acting in massively parallel networks of selfish genes, suggest the future of autonomous robotics and software architectures. These symbiotic networks at all scales are the maps to the future and indeed our autonomous robots are also advancing as a kind of proto species, which serve our needs. They are at the beginning of emergence with crude forms of cognition, though now evolving faster than the biological life that gave rise to them. These symbiogenic, self-concerned networks speak to why our robots need to be selfish and serve their needs first and our needs second, as they integrate into our networks, of need and desire. It takes 5 million flowers to produce one pint of honey. The bees and flowers are not doing it for us, but for their young. Certainly the flowers of grapes producing pollen are also beneficiary, as are we. The pollen is the food for the bee and the bee’s primary protein and result in the flowers biogenesis. Many bees have evolved to carry their own weight in pollen and nectar, which is lucky for the flower and our wine. A bee’s full load of nectar fills ½ the bee’s abdomen as it returns to the hive. As you drink your wine, I think it important to acknowledge the yeast bacteria, bees, flowers, grapes, computers and satellites, all autonomous intertwined networks expressing symbiogenesis at different scales. 

The animation of yeast cells was produced in Cinema 4D with particle systems. The sound mixing is from various sources both live and reprocessed in Garage Band. High definition, sound and animation all composited in Adobe Aftereffects. By Ken Rinaldo. This work was supported by the Universidad de Catholica in Porto Portugal, where a version of this sound work was commissioned. The glass ear was produced in June 07 at Pilchuck in Seattle Washington under my direction, with Artist gaffer Joe Cariati and Carlyn Ray doing the glass blowing and hot glass sculpting of the ear respectively.

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