The Tentaculae / Maria Sappho
The Tentaculae is an interactive musical installation that allows us to generate live music in collaboration with mushrooms and artificial intelligence. This musical instrument was designed by an AI and lets our bodily functions (skin conductivity, heart rate, temperature) control sounds. While human bio-data affects sounds, similar bio-sensors in mushrooms are also affecting sounds in space.
The work explores listening to, and collaborating with non-human living partners. It encourages a deeper focus on respecting other organic forms through a unique shared creative practice. Playing the instrument is like stepping onto a new planet, one where humans, machines and mushrooms can communicate through music.