Moon Ribas is a Catalan cyborg artist best known for developing the Seismic Sense, an online seismic sensor that allows her to perceive earthquakes taking place anywhere in the planet through vibrations in real time. In order to share her experience, she then translates her seismic sense on stage. Ribas transposes the earthquakes into either sound, in her piece Seismic Percussion; or dance, in Waiting For Earthquakes. In these performances the Earth is the composer and the choreographer; and Ribas, the interpreter. 

 

Ribas’ seismic sense also has allowed her to feel moonquakes, the seismic activity on the Moon. Ribas believes that by extending our senses to perceive outside the planet, we can all become senstronauts. Adding this new sense allowed her to be physically on Earth while her feet felt the Moon, so in a way, she could be on Earth and space at the same time.

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WORK

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A talk that goes into detail about Ribas' projects, her philosophy as a cyborg artist and the process that drove her to cofound the Cyborg Foundation and Transpecies Society. It's also an opportunity to explore how becoming a cyborg will enhance our relationship with animals, nature and space.

EARTHBEAT

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A drum solo performance where the rhythm of the piece is dictated by the rhythm of the tectonic plates. It’s a piece that transposes the seismic activity that occurs in our planet into sound, into a musical composition that allows the audience to connect with the heartbeat of the planet, earthquakes.

SEISMIC PERCUSSION

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A dance piece based on the interaction between the movement of the Earth and the performer. During the piece Moon waits for an earthquake to take place, and when this happens she moves according to the intensity of the earthquake (she can feel earthquakes as small as 1 in the Richter scale).

WAITING FOR EARTHQUAKES

"When these vibrations, these movements, this universal motion became an emotion, is when I felt cyborg"

 

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Just wanted to thank you for helping to bring Moon to TOA at Melt Festival. Her talk was a huge hit! Everyone had questions and were super impressed with her presentation!

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