Listening to the Universe

Listening to the Universe
A talk for Singapore Art Museum
by Honor Harger, 5 September 2014

Credits and References

Thank you to all the artists and scientists who inspired this talk.

Particle Decelerator:

Title slide: The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP):

Artworks/projects/quotations referenced in introduction:

data.tron by Ryoji Ikeda (2010) exhibited at transmediale.10, Berlin
Swell by Anthony McCall (2006), exhibited at the Reg Vardy Gallery in Sudnerland, as part of AV Festival 2006
from one to many by Yvette Mattern (2010), shown at transmediale.10, Berlin
Evolution of Fearlessness by Lynette Wallworth shown at Brighton Festival 2011:
Geographies of Seeing by Trevor Paglen (2012) at Lighthouse, October-November 2012:
Mesopotamian Dramatugies (Su & Mayhem) by Kutlug Ataman (2011), exhibited at Brighton Festival 2011:
Frequency & Volume by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, shown at Invisible Fields:
– Honor Harger and Adam Willets, photographed at the Acoustic Space Lab, Latvia, 2001:
Frequency Clock – tactical radio system by r a d i o q u a l i a (1998-2002):
Frequency Clock being used to create, New York, 2002:

Polar Radio by r a d i o q u a l i a and I-TASC, Antarctica, 2007:

Radio Astronomy by r a d i o q u a l i a (2004-2008):

Artworks/projects/quotations referenced in first section:

– Quotations by Douglas Kahn from “Radio was discovered before it was invented” (2006): &
Aeriology by Joyce Hinterding, exhibited at the Reg Vardy Gallery in Sunderland, as part of AV Festival 2008:

20Hz by Semiconductor, co-commissioned by Lighthouse for Invisible Fields:

Thanks to Douglas Kahn, who’s work inspired the first part of this section, including the anecdote about Thomas Watson.

Artworks/projects/quotations referenced in Beyond the second section:

Harnessing Wild Electricities from Outer Space by Thomas Ashcraft 2011-12, produced for Invisible Fields:
Time Dilation Experiments by Thomas Ashcraft:
– Quotations by Thomas Ashcraft from an interview on National Public Radio, quoted in “Thomas Ashcraft: Artist as Electro-receptor” (2009):


Works/projects/quotations referenced in final section:

– Kepler-37b story via “NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Tiny Planet System”, 20 February 2013:
5 Minute Oscillations of the Sun by Caroline Devine (2012):
– BiSON, the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham:

The three anecdotes about Bell Labs:

– referenced in TED talk:  

1 comment
  1. I loved your TED talk. I am getting a lot of these sounds coming through on my Skype sessions – could we chat?

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