Augustine Leudar

Garden of Membranes is part sound art installation, part living sculpture and part scientific research project. It combines several strands of scientific and artistic research including Plant electrophysiology, Spatial audio, Micro spatialisation, Immersive sound art and Sound sculpture.

The installation was held in two locations, the Clandestino Festival of Contemporary Art in Santa Cruz, Bolivia in 2013 and a more advanced version at the Naughton Gallery in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2015.

Garden of Membranes is a tiny forest and bespoke ecosystem and living sonic sculpture made from Bonsai trees and other small tree like plants. The floor of the forest is covered with delicate mosses and ferns that fit the proportions of the forest. A network of mycorrhizal fungi are grown in the soil which link the tree roots together in a network. This sits in 3D printed bowl and plinth made from Birch plywood and stands in the middle of the space . In the branches of the trees are hidden miniature speakers.. The installation reads tiny electrical signals in plants and their roots known as “action potentials” using electrodes placed in the soil, the signals from these plants trigger sounds in the forest. The sounds of tiny animals, birds and entire soundscapes mapped from large areas of the Amazon, can also be heard in the miniature forest.

More work including videos of the installations:
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The Garden of Membranes

The Garden of Membranes

Integrating plant electrophysiology, plant signalling and art

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Augustine Leudar

Is a sound artist specialising in 3d soundart, audio holograms, and sonic illusions, Augustine creates immersive installations that surprise, mislead, and delight audiences. Characterised by a surreal sense of humour, he creates new worlds and augmented realities through hidden speakers, concealed microphones, and mischievous intent, turning any space into anywhere, from the smallest nook to entire woodland expanses. In 2010, Augustine delivered the world’s largest walk-through multichannel sound installation at the Eden Project in Cornwall. Called Biomes at Night, it covered over 4 acres of indoor rainforest. Included in this nocturnal event were fairytales illustrated by 3d surround sound in the trees read by David Webb. Augustine’s work has been exhibited and performed internationally. He has appeared at the National Gallery of the Czech Republic, Aria Art Gallery in Florence, as well as venues in Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia and across the UK and Ireland. He enjoys site-specific work, and in 2013 he worked with Glastonbury’s Shangri-La to create a dreamlike and immersive sound environment in the “Alleys” that covered several acres. He has also collaborated with various theatre companies to produce works everywhere from public parks to abandoned swimming pools. Augustine has received airplay on BBC Radio 1 (John Peel), the BBC2 Arts Show , RTE and BBC Radio Ulster. Currently based in Ireland Augustine conducts research into complex electronic signals in plants and “spatial audio” as part of his PhD at the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast. As a result recent work has focused on making tangible unseen processes in the biosphere such as communication across tree roots. In 2014 “Garden of membranes” created a miniature multichannel sound installation in a Bonsai forest in Bolivia and month later an exhibition an audio hologram sonified an electrical signals in a garden in Rio de Janeiro. Augustine has just returned from the Amazon, where he has spent 8 years out of the last 14.

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