Playing the Electromagnetic Spectrum investigates the broad range of energy waves articulated in the electromagnetic spectrum as an instrument to be learned, experimented with and performed.

I introduced this project in a presentation called Changing Channels: Slow Scanning Waves of Perception, Playing the Electromagnetic Radiation Spectrum at Interactive Futures 2006. The idea was to think of the EMS as an instrument and to try and figure out how one would play the waves in their different manifestations. This project came out of my research into early telecommunications art and electricity's involvement in the archaeology of new media art.

Out of this investigation came the idea of Electromagnasynthesis, a play on the concepts of Photosynthesis and Chemosynthesis. This idea is that if both photosynthesis and chemosynthesis are ways that living organisms come into being, then perhaps there is the chance that electromagnasysthesis also could promote a living organism into being.

I plan to pursue this idea further.

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