Exploring plant consciousness and communication networks in forests, sound artist Tini Aliman has developed a practice that involves collaborating with diverse plant species. Together with her guests, the artist will translate captured biodata into music and aural architecture. Finding ways of interspecies communication through pick-up mics and feedback loops, this performance allows for a deeper contemplation of what it means to share existence and listen to life. Pokoknya is a term in Bahasa Melayu/ Indonesia that translates to “essentially” or referring to the root of an issue, which is a play on the word “tree.” The word could also be read as the “tree belonging to…”
Tini Aliman (Singapore) is a sound designer, field recordist, and foley artist who works at the intersection of theatre and film sound design, live sound art performance, installation, and collaborative projects. Her research interests include forest networks, aural architecture, plant consciousness, and the variables of data translations via biodata sonification. In 2018, she was nominated for the Best Sound Design category for Life! Theatre Awards for her work for Angkat by Teater Ekamatra. She has been involved in projects and exhibitions across Asia Pacific and Europe. Her recent projects have been presented at NTU CCA Singapore, Biennale Urbana at Caserma Pepe, Venice, and Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei.
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