Tim Cowlishaw

Designer, Researcher, Technologist

Climatotherapy (2018)

Technical production for Nozomu Matsumoto & Nile Koetting

Jakub, Henry and myself were asked by Tadeo Sendon of the London Music Hackspace to assist with the production of the Climatotherapy installation by Nozomu Matsumoto and Nile Koetting, shown at Somerset House as part of the Assembly festival in 2018:

A gallery space with a blue rug, upon which are a series of objects, including an amazon alexa, a crystal globe, a pair of sports shoes, a bunch of fibre optics, a bluetooth speaker and a standing lamp

Climatotherapy is a performance installation developed from Nozomu Matsumoto’s recent release on The Death of Rave (RAVE024).  

The word ‘climatotherapy’ refers to a type of physical and mental treatment which utilizes the influence of climate on the human body, exemplified by treatments in the Dead Sea or at hot springs. Comprised of sound, light, smell, ikebana and Nozomu’s 1-to-1 private concerts taking place periodically throughout the duration of the piece, virtual assistant Alexa is a key component, repurposed to generate live and enunciate various suggestions and tips throughout, what we should do, how we should live.

With these elements in dialogue, the installation becomes its own microclimate. Populated by household audio technologies, corporate messages weave through musical reproductions to create an ever-changing soundtrack for our relationship with ever-changing technologies. As our preference settings hack, repurpose and adapt our technological world into new causes, these devices become an aesthetic, a physical manifestation of the dialogue between mass industry and human environment. Climatotherapy questions how the human body is conditioned by its environment in the time and space of cloudified body, mind, and information.

Jakub, Henry and I worked on producing a custom Alexa skill and a set of audio events which would trigger it, which accompanied the soundtrack, performance and physical installation produced by Nozomu and Nile.