“Can we hypothesise the connection between the expansion of the infosphere… and the crumbling of the sensory membrane that allows human beings to understand that which cannot be verbalized, that which cannot be reduced to codified signs?”
-Franco (Bifo) Berardi, After the Future
Deep Planetary Sensing is a participatory and collaborative research project, consisting of immersive installations, performances, soundwalks, guided meditations, workshops and this digital platform. It encourages our reconnection with our individual and collective bodies, and fosters active conversations with GAIA, the planetary body we are part of.
The project researches forms of embodied knowledge in relation to our planet, as mediated by contemporary technologies and related cultural constructs. It proposes to access other ways of knowing and relating with technology and our planet through the somatic (e.g. embodiment). In different chapters, the elements of earth, aether, water, air and fire are explored as entry points to rebalance our individual and collective bodies. Through a participatory research approach, different iterations of the works are developed based on participant feedback gathered during workshops and guided meditation performances.
The project furthers research for “Aquarian Gardens,” a soundwalk exploring more-than-human knowledge commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut in 2019.
The contemporary crisis in the ecological, economic, political and social realm can be traced back to an economic system and the use of (digital) technologies that prioritise productivity. It is built on – and in turn continuously acknowledges and reinforces – a system of knowledge production rooted in (mathematical) analysis, quantifiable data, and social control that facilitates productivity. These are all capacities directly linked to the visual sense, which has become increasingly dominant overtime, sidelining hearing, touch and smell, and has contributed to the disembodiment of knowledge that defines the contemporary condition.
This system is so omnipresent that, even though we feel the need to think and act differently, it has become almost impossible to act outside of its constraining logic. Fortunately, recent decolonial, post-Anthropocenic, and queering epistemologies have enabled us to imagine other, more equitable and inclusive social, political, technical as well as biological ecologies. My contribution to the transformation of our relationship with the visual/technological is to add our body and all its senses into the equation again. Deep Planetary Sensing seeks to add a somatic dimension to complement these developments and foster healing.
Annika Kappner (b. Berlin, 1980) is an Amsterdam-based visual artist and researcher. Within the expanded field of painting, Kappner creates sensory scenographies that combine landscape, installation, performance, guided meditation, scent and sound to generate glitches in perception.
Kappner’s multidisciplinary practice explores the interconnected evolution of consciousness and archetypal imagery, as well as its reflection on the shifting perception of (self) image and The Other. The artist’s research approach is participatory and collaborative, intertwining rational analysis and her own background in finance with embodied experience and intuition.
Her work layers experiential perspectives unto the relationship between human, nature and technology, and addresses concepts of non-duality and otherness, to encourage the emancipation of our way of sensing our surroundings.
Kappner’s ongoing and ever-evolving research project Deep Planetary Sensing has been in development since 2019. She is a co-founder of the artist collective Elephants & Volcanoes. Selected exhibitions include: Bienal Internacional de Arte Amazónico (PE), Het Nieuwe Instituut (NL), IMPAKT (NL), Julidans (NL), Marres House for Contemporary Art Maastricht (NL), MBOT, St. Louis (US), National Museum of Natural History, Menton (FR) and Rush Arts Gallery, New York (US).
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Different chapters of Deep Planetary Sensing are supported by...
...and co-created with:
A big thanks to all the invisible and visible hands that have made these productions possible __/\__
Many thanks to all those that have walked this path before and with me - to those I know and those I haven’t met yet - to all the elements, crystals, stones, the waters, plants, animals, humans, machines, visible and invisible beings, places and histories that are co-creating our world, and really to GAIA, for everything.
INSTRUCTIONS: get close to your favourite minerals - your crystal collection, fav mountain, your computer or smartphone and put on your headphones. You can also simply lay down comfortably in a quiet space, make sure you are warm enough and join the experience. <3
“The space between ourselves and our others is at once as distant as the primeval sea, yet also closer than our own skin.”
- Astrida Neimanis - Hydrofeminism
INSTRUCTIONS: fill up your bathtub and dim the lights to listen to this guided meditation. You can also simply lay down comfortably in a quiet space, make sure you are warm enough and join the experience. <3
INSTRUCTIONS: lay or sit down in a quiet space and dim the lights to listen to this guided meditation. You can also enjoy it in your favourite place in nature, make sure you are warm enough and join the experience. <3
“Technology is not neutral. We’re inside of what we make, and it’s inside of us. We’re living in a world of connections — and it matters which ones get made and unmade.”
- Donna Haraway
INSTRUCTIONS: you can listen to this guided meditation when you visit your favourite tree, river, garden, mountain, when you are at the seaside. Of course you can also simply lay down comfortably in a quiet space, make sure you are warm enough and join the experience. <3
“Skill in living, awareness of belonging to the world, delight of being part of the world, always tends to involve our kinship [...] our fellowship as creatures with other creatures, things with other things.”
- Ursula K. Le Guin
INSTRUCTIONS: you can listen to this guided meditation when you visit your favourite tree, river, garden, mountain, grotto, desert, when you are at the seaside. Of course you can also simply lay down comfortably in a quiet space, make sure you are warm enough and join the experience. <3
These resources are not meant to be an exhaustive or academically complete overview on the topic. On the contrary, it is a subjective selection of the sources that had the biggest impact on me and that I feel are important to share, be it a large book, one article, a data bank or a movie, from the most obscure to the established, as all co-create the project and most importantly how it will live on in the experience in those who participate in it which includes you. It wishes to be COMPLEMENTARY to the many voices and perspectives that weave our shared futures.