Rustle 2.0/ Rustle Phase II

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Rustle is an intermedia project born  between the Congo Basin and Amazon rain forests. .
Rustle 2.0, mimics a system of connectivity and interference.
A sensorial experience, a non-linear fragmentary exploration of some rain forest biomes
and connectivity.
For this Eyongakpa draws from an aesthetic and connectivity prone to mycelial networks and
explores fungi/mycelium culture.
Custom walls from controlled mycelium culture on one hand organically blends with a web of plant
fibres (sisal and jute)creating an illusion of a dense mesh/ cloud of an un-recognisable system
of connectivity.
In March/April 2016, the artist recorded sounds in the Congo basin rain forest.
Sounds of communication by non human subjects in these ecosystems, as well as sounds from other
human interference (chainsaws, falling trees, air traffic etc).
A 5.1 surround sound composition, made from field recordings, is routed and synchronised with a
custom electronic midi controlled ‘deaf/light’interface creating visual rhythmic patterns in
relation to the sound. The soft and hard light curves give allusion to an animated electro-
cardiograms or multiple animated stock exchange curves.
The main electronic interface also sends midi commands to simulate different breathing patterns
and dead points to the central sculpture (breathe II 2013),
This together with levitation devices in the space and diffused light rays through the plant
fibres, creates a time based synchronised/ asynchronised system, one that stands between balance
and catastrophe.
Rustle 2.0 explores portions of these biomes, as in balance in these systems and some updates
by man.
The appendum ”2.0” in the title gives allusion to cybernetics, updates by man to a virtual
transcription of a living ecosystem
The installation which borrows from specific indigenous rhythmic patterns, mycelial networks and
indigenous lifestyles mimic life but has no.elements of real life within, except for the smell
from the dried hay, sisal and jute fibres as well as the dried mycelium panels.
The Mushrooms farmed are harvested and only organic waste are used.

video documentation excerpt /  32a Bienal de São Paulo (Incerteza viva)


virtual rustle 2.0…video documentation (excerpt) 32a Bienal de São Paulo

photo documentation of Installation (32a Bienal de São Paulo- Incerteza viva, September 07- December 11 2016/ Sharjah Biennial 13 [SB13], Tamawuj March 10-June 12 2017)

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 Takamanda forest/ Njieaweretung (March-April  2016)

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 Fungi culture/ electronic interfaces/ build-up/ other  (July-August  2016)

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Sharjah (February-March 2017)

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About Em'kal Eyongakpa

Mbieven-Efforbi Em'kal Eyongakpa (b 1981) , Mamfe, Cameroons/ Lives and work at Itinerant*. Em'kal Eyongakpa approaches the experienced, the unknown, as well as collective histories through a ritual use of repetition and transformation.His interwoven and immersive installations, which could be experienced as paradoxical systems, not only blurs the boundaries between employed media, but could also alter the notion of the real and the illusory. Em'kal Eyongakpa's recent ideas increasingly draw from indigenous knowledge systems and aesthetics, ethnobotany, applied mycology and technology, in his explorations of the personal and the universal. He is also known for self organised community research platforms and autonomous art hubs, from KHaL!SHRINE in Yaoundé (2007-2012), to the recent sound art and music platform ɛfúkúyú. Eyongakpa holds degrees in Plant biology and Ecology from the University of Yaoundé 1 and was a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. The artist's work has recently been exhibited at the Jakarta Biennale (2017), the 13th Sharjah biennial (2017), La Biennale de Montreal (2016), the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo (2016), 9th and 10th Bamako Encounters(2011,2015), 10th Dak'art biennial (2012) .And in institutions; TBA21, Vienna (2017) Walther Collection Ulm (2017); Le Cyclop, Milly-la-Forêt (2016); Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2015); Africa Acts, Paris (2015), David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2015), SAVVY Contemporary and NBK, Berlin (2014),18th International Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, Sao Paulo (2013) , IFC Yaounde (2012) and .....

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