“Establishing chains of Telluric translation, from human scale → earth magnitude, with each translation slowing, widening and diffusing. the feedback earth-human loop as a method of modulation. the human as site for embodying the geological 'body' and atmospherics”

planning and background for Earth Coding workshop

possibly related


Day One (23rd):
  • Presentation: perhaps 2 short presentation/discussions, earth code and planetary other?
  • scrying/divination of site for day two (backup site prepped)
  • Discussion, diagrammatics, coding, construction for Day Two centring on:
  • Specific projects/groups that participants might want to work on.
Day Two (24th):

Earth code/geomantic circuit field trip. That the site becomes a playing field or open circuit for earth code/geomantics.


  • Site as generator of new/multiple sites

Site and time

For the fieldtrip. Accessibility, earth/wasteland and geomantic significance. Also timing of actions reflecting geomantics.

The VU hortus botanicus is a nice and messy place: http://tinyurl.com/nl9rasw

More industrial is the NDSM terrain (former warf): http://www.amsterdam.nl/publish/pages/403463/ndsm-werf.jpg

Materials and equipment

To request
  • Portable loudspeaker for telluric/atmospheric signal amp with suitable batteries
  • helium for balloons
  • large-scale map of Amsterdam and surroundings
  • plastic cups, straws, gaffer tape, other consumables?
  • regular 9V batteries (8x)
  • printer
  • Natural radio amplifiers, parts, sample setup.
  • Various wire coils (order some).
  • materials for earth battery: wire, clips, copper, zinc
  • thermite materials(also for presentation): aluminium, sulfur, iron oxide
  • multimeter, tools
  • earthcode devices and cable
  • x60 laptop
  • audio recorder
  • trowel
  • geophone and potential amp/LPF parts/working?
  • arduino and USB, any other micro parts/boards?
  • GPS and cables
  • weather balloons (1x 800g 5x 200g and protective gloves)
  • cable ties
  • fishing line / string
  • tent pegs / baloon tethers
  • jars [?]
  • arduinos and sundry
  • mamiya 6/645 & IR film
  • reconfigured elements

Earth Coding workshop with Martin Howse and Nik Gaffney. 23-25 February. Sonic Acts. Amsterdam.

Through a range of guided, experimental activities, the two day Earth Coding workshop actively explores links between contemporary technology and the Earth, attempting to define a new form of communicative post-land art and examining questions such as:

How can the Earth as a process be prompted to assume a technological form, and thus compose and run software?

What signals can be transduced from the Earth, occupying the body within a potential electromagnetic, geologic or atmospheric feedback loop?

The Earth Coding Workshop, combining field trip, speculative construction and intensive discussion embraces the whole Earth process in an attempt to approach these and other projected questions.

Acivities will potentially include:

  • GPS geomantics
  • Telluric transductions and translations
  • Construction of atmospheric (balloon) feedback loops
  • Worm coding and poetry


We recommend that participants bring along some form of recording, inscribing, or transcribing devices (tape or digital audio recorder, camera, film, pencil, paper, and so on). Headphones are also useful to bring!

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