We are connected to nature as much as we are connected to each other. Humans and nature coexist in one coherent, active system where every component has agency and meaning. In today’s Age of Anthropocene, humans are the influential species on the planet, causing significant changes to land, environment and water. However, we often disregard our intimate connection to the earth. To understand a codependent relationship between humans and nature, Symbiotic Symphony observes the life cycle of a lichen.
A lichen is an ecosystem consisting of fungi, algae and cyanobacteria functioning in symbiotic relationships. Lichens are known to be ‘imprints’ of the environment around them due to their sensitivity to any changes in the makeup of the local atmosphere. Symbiotic Symphony binds together the act of listening and observation, connecting the natural and human world through the ecologies of a lichen. With a technological approach, the project symbolizes the process of symbiosis through an interactive sonic experience.