Befriending Hyperobjects is an ongoing decentralized eco-performance interfacing art and blockchain technology to fund environmental projects.

Hyperobjects are entities we cannot grasp in their entirety, such as water, cats, or styrofoam. They appear to us as an abstraction due to their scale, ethereal nature, or non-linear relationship with time. In this project, artists “befriend” hyperobjects, similar to how you can befriend or follow someone on Facebook or Twitter.

The initial exhibition at NAVEL in Los Angeles featured 17 artists from 5 continents and was fully biodegradable with exception of the technology needed for display. Instead of solitary human art practice, this project portraits the encounter and collaboration of human and non-human entities.

We were able to raise $82.98 / 0.46 ETH for the native plant nursery Hahamongna in Pasadena.

arroyoseco.org/nursery.htm

Befriending Hyperobjects is a project by Judith Sönnicken
Exhibition design in collaboration with Charles Mathis
Funded by Andrea von Braun Foundation, Munich

Sonja Gerdes & OXYGENENERGIZER
Elisa Balmaceda & RING OF FIRE
David Sampethai & SUBURBIA
Familia Villaroel & RAIN
Tomoko Sauvage & WATER
Acqua Vrzal & EMOTION
Sylbee Kim & OSTEOARTERIAL JOINTS
Terra0 & FLOWER
Susanne Probst & EARTH
Cojimo Ancerias & VOLCANO
Hayden Dunham & DD


Screenings:
Nina Sarnelle/Sara Drake:
Let us know if yr free
Judith Sönnicken:
Google Gardening
Lauren Bon / Metabolic studio:
Intention and Release for Living Systems
Samuel Mountford:
Cromlech
Sofia Albina Novikoff Unger:
Bufo Bufo (aeons below)







Hayden Dunham & DD
1:11
2018


Tomoko Sauvage & WATER
Calligraphy
(sound, 20:34 min)

For more than 10 years, Tomoko Sauvage has been investigating the sound and visual properties of water in different states. Calligraphy was recorded in a genuine echo chamber, with about 10 second reverbs. Like an endless exercise to draw perfect curves and forms floating in the air, the subaquatic feedback frequencies are pitch-bent with the mass of water sculpted by a hand changing its quantity.

o-o-o-o.org/





Familia Villaroel & RAIN
Chilean Rainstick Shaker - 15” - Yarn
2018



Acqua Vrzal & EMOTION
ssSSss (emotive texture admin ring)
2018

Designed to be the engagement ring for her husband while the moon was leaving Libra to enter Scorpio, the piece channels emotive agents and companion othernesses on multiple layers of the digital-analog spectrum of reality. The digital ring will be worn by Acqua’s husband as an image file on a USB stick attached to their necklace.



Terra0 & FLOWER
Flowertoken Artifact
2018

Flowertokens is an experimental project centered around the tokenization and verification of natural commodities, and a first attempt at creating a combined crypto-collectible physical asset. Users are able to buy, trade, and speculate on tokenized Dahlias (Dahlia x Hortensis) via an online marketplace. The state of the individual tokens is automatically updated according to the different phases of their corresponding plant’s growth.

flowertokens.terra0.org/



David Sampethai & SUBURBIA
Black Metal forest / Honey I shrunk the kids
2017


Sylbee Kim & OSTEOARTERIAL JOINTS
Osteoarterial Joints
2017



Elisa Balmaceda & RING OF FIRE
Taypi
2019
6:05 min

Taypi interfaces the conception of space / time in Andean cosmology with the exposure of a metal plate to the most powerful artificial “sun” on earth. The rhombus points to the 4 celestial directions while the metal melts under the heat in real time.




Cojimo Ancerias & VOLCANO
Parabolic Emanator Chimney 4
2017





Sonja Gerdes & OXYGENENERGIZER
Oxygenenergizer. MotherSoul. Air for free. Crown Chakra Rising. Nova.
2019
www.oxygenenergizer.com


Susanne Probst & EARTH
coming from, going to
2018


SARA DRAKE & NINA SARNELLE
Let us know if yr free
2017
7:20 min

Two amateur wildlife cryptologists demonstrate how to use their whale song encryption protocol to send transpacific messages as an alternative to email.


JUDITH SÖNNICKEN
Google Gardening
2017
2:40 min
Performers, costumes, tools: Sonja Gerdes, Judith Sönnicken. Sound: Martin Velez. Producer: Daniel Lisi. Studio: Navel.live, Los Angeles. Post-production: Serhiy Protsenko. Plant selection: Alika Cooper
Thanks to: Chris Varenhorst, Kristoffer Josefsson, Caspar Böhme, Hansun Hsiung.

Two interdimensional travelers are planting flora in the garden of the Googleplex building in Silicon Valley. The ritual takes place in virtual reality, allowing them to trespass into a corporate, privatized environment that embodies a search engine. While Google claims accessibility to all human knowledge in virtual space, the two figures are glitching through the cracks of this mental geography in order to introduce unknown species into its actual garden.


SAMUEL MOUNTFORD
Cromlech
2018
10 min
Stone amplifies the movement of groundwater below the surface. Geological resonance is strongest within the smaller of the two concentric stone circles: an infrasonic feedback loop of subterrestrial flows. The megalithic complex of Almendres Cromlech is composed of 95 granite monoliths. Archaeoacoustic fieldwork done at the site has isolated two sonic frequen- cies which resonate through the stones: infrasound from the movement of groundwater, and ultrasound from the sun’s rays as they strike the stone. Within the architecture of Almendres Cromlech, the interobjective system of Stone, Earth, Water and Sun intones - beyond the common thresholds of the human sensory experience. This phenomena has been called the “singing of the stones.” Audible, maybe, to pre-historic ears, an earlier, broader bandwidth. A mosquito-tone of reverberant energy and compounded silicon.


LAUREN BON / METABOLIC STUDIO
Intention and Release for Living Systems
2017
3:27 min
“The question of how do you change the semiotics of place in the most direct, bare-bones way, to start to explore a potential new form is a process that I’ve been undergoing and engaging with since the beginning of my sculptural career. I’ve often thought of it a bit like acupuncture. As a sculptor, what I do is ground myself there, and by grounding myself there, I put some kind of energetic intent on that I would call ‘piercing’. It’s like dropping a needle in that space and saying I can release all kinds of energy here that has been latent from the time that this was a vital, living floodplain.”


SOFIA ALBINA NOVIKOFF UNGER
Bufo Bufo (aeons below)
2018
6:19 min

A computer-generated animation set in a no-space land. Here, the toad - a mythological creature of endless age - is a proxy inhabiting the present in a digital sphere that resembles itself endlessly with a tale looking towards Russian Cosmism and Nietzsche’s writing on time.