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Sonic Cellumonials

Experience yourself as Homomicrobis — a symbiosis of human and microbe — as you embark on a guided journey into the multispecies dimension of your body, from the comfort of your home.

More than half of the cells in your body are microbial, and nearly a tenth of the genes originate from viruses. To these trillions of bacteria, archaea, fungi, viruses and more, your body is their universe. Encounter this intimate family of odd kin and kindred strangers, and dissolve into the multitude of slippery membranes, signalling networks and molecular exchange. Sonic Cellumonials is a meditative audio-visual experience of ambient synthscapes and animations, with an optional home postal ‘cellular ceremony’ kit, inviting you to explore the healing and transformative potential of travelling through the multidimensional ecosystems of your body.

Amidst the processing of a pandemic, in a time of intensified remote, digital connection, Sonic Cellumonials explores how cross-disciplinary, artistic perspectives and transmedial storytelling can uncover new practices of being and thinking through microbial protopias.

Here, you can book a live-streaming ceremony and choose to either sign up for the full tactile experience, where a Cellumonials kit with a meditation mask handmade by the artists is posted to you, or you can sign up for the digital-only experience and receive an email with Cellumonials instructions beforehand.

Concept, script and direction by artist duo Baum & Leahy (Amanda Baum (DK) and Rose Leahy (UK), co-created together with sound artist Sofie Birch (DK) and artist and designer Greg Orrom Swan (UK). Voice by Andrea Novel (DK) and website by Celine Caly (D). The project has been advised by microbiologists Anders Okholm (DK) and Oluf Borbye Pedersen (DK).

Sonic Cellumonials has been developed at CPH:LAB supported by Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA of the European Union and The Danish Film Institute. Supported by Statens Kunstfond and Birmingham Open Media.

Technical specs

Run time: 25 min (+ optional live chat)
Format: Online experience, with optional home postal kit
Requirements: Internet connected web browser (preferably Mozilla Firefox)
Country of production: Denmark & United Kingdom


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Baum & Leahy (DK/UK)

Baum & Leahy is an international, award-winning, creative duo working across interactive installation, art direction and scenography. Through research-led worldmaking and material storytelling, they sensorialise scientific research into tactile, participatory experiences.

Sofie Birch (DK)

Sofie Birch is an electronic composer and sound artist working with ambient synthscapes and field recordings. Her music is released through different international labels and is performed through various media, such as in films, art installations and live shows.

Greg Orrom Swan (UK)

Greg Orrom Swan is an artist, designer, and creative technologist, with a background in experience design. Fascinated by biology, geology, and chemistry, he creates work exploring the interconnectedness of complex systems; highlighting our shared ancestry, minerality and elementality.