— In the Eyes of the Animal continues to evolve and research and development is currently taking place on visualising the nocturnal senses of the bat. This is as much an exploration on the landscape of sound as it is a VR experience speculating on the science of seeing.
Most bats primarily view their environment via sonar or echolocation, detecting the reflections from objects within range, of their own rapid, subtly modulated, high-frequency shrieks. Though sonar is clearly a form of perception, it is difficult to comprehend visually how this works and how bats perceive the external world. This currently Untitled project is in pre-production and prototyping stage. Early testing has taken place with sound artist Antoine Bertin, who, using bespoke sonar devices equipped with an ultrasound generator allowed audiences to hear the unseeable by replicating bat song - this is ordinarily undetected by the human ear.
This event took place at the home of one of the world's largest listening devices, the Lovell radio telescope at Jodrell Bank (UK).
The next stage will include a visual component, distinctly different to the aesthetic of In the Eyes of the Animal, which will use powerful binaural audio and 360 degrees of sound to help humans understand what it feels like to be a bat navigating through echolocation. For more information and if you are interesting being involved in the process contact us firstname.lastname@example.org