Zoom and pan to explore this dynamic map of spider/web sightings across the globe, collected through a collaborative and ongoing exercise in mapping against extinction.
The Arachnomancy App is an invitation to attune to our sympoietic futures, celebrating the radical interconnectedness of all things, living and nonliving. Spider/webs are the mouths through which the spider eats and the oracle speaks. Each spider/web is considered an oracle: a messenger between perceptual worlds, proposing an encounter that will extend your senses to new, vibratory modes of communication.
By downloading this app, you can receive your own spider/web oracle reading, divined through the Arachnomancy Cards created by artist Tomás Saraceno. Select one of the cards, and then search for a spider/web oracle in the ecologies that surround you. Take a picture of your chosen spider/web oracle with your phone, and then pose a question to it. The oracle will reply with your own arachnomancy reading, communicating its message in a language that transcends human dialects.
The oracle’s response is composed of biotremological recordings, featuring vibrations that travelled through the silken threads of spider/webs from the Arachnophilia Archives, shaping a collective attempt to sense (against) extinction. We invite you to use this channel to explore new threads of connectivity with the spider/webs oracles you encounter, in different environments.
Your reading emerges from an interpretation of your selected card and the spider/web that encounters you. By submitting your spider/web oracle image and geo-location to the Arachnophilia community, you become an accredited owner of an artwork in the Spider/Web Pavilions series, courtesy of Tomás Saraceno and Arachnophilia. Arachnophilia has the largest physical and digital archive of spider/webs, and yours will be classified and become part of it, contributing to a collective endeavour of mapping against extinction. You can share and archive the vibrations you receive from your spider/web oracles, and use them to communicate with and consult the nonhuman wisdoms of other spider/web oracles. The vibrations you feel and that help you talk with spider/webs come from the spider/web biotremology archives of Arachnophilia.
Arachnomancy App, 2019
Thanks to the Arachnophilia Archives, a living archive of coexistences, the Arachnomancy App was developed and made available for free download on the occasion of the 58th International Art Exhibition - Biennale Arte 2019 - curated by Ralph Rugoff.
Developed with the Arachnophilia network together with Studio Tomás Saraceno. Written with Ingo Randolf, Mei-Fang Liau and Abe Pazos Solatie. UX/UI design with Think Moto.
Arachnomancy Card’s drawings and reinterpretation based on Duncan, W. (1949). Webs In The Wind. New York: The Ronald Press Company and Bristowe, W. S. (1958). The World of Spiders. London: Collins; Curtis, William, 1746-1799; Marbury, Elizabeth, 1856-1933, donor; Vollrath, F. 1988. Untangling the spider’s web. Trends Ecol. Evol. 3(12): 331–335.
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