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You, Copiphora gorgonensis



'You, Copiphora gorgonensis' is an hour-long meditative experience for online audience focusing on interspecies relationships, psychoacoustics and presence.


Over five stages, participants undergo a metamorphosis into Copiphora gorgonensis, a grasshopper-like insect that - despite 650 million years of evolutionary divergence - miraculously shares our human inner ear structure. Listening, insectoid body-modding and time travel are used to position the interconnected sounding present within the vastness of space and evolutionary time. 

You can watch a trailer for the work here.


You require:

  • an hour of free, undisturbed time.

  • enough comfortable floor space in which to sit, lie down, and be on your hands and knees. A yoga mat is recommended.

  • a laptop, or similar large-screen device, with screen brightness set to full. The sound of this piece must be played out loud (do not use headphones). Adjust the volume to a comfortably loud level. 

Your space must be:

  • as dark as possible (night-time experience is recommended).

  • as quiet as possible (closing doors and windows is recommended).

If you cannot access these requirements right now, please come back at another time.


When you are ready,

play the video below in full screen mode,

and sit facing your screen.


 This piece may trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. 

Viewer discretion is advised.

Concept, script, audio/video, webpage, cover art - MICHAELBRAILEY

Narration, electric guitar, dramaturgical support - Callum Coomber

Additional dramaturgical support - Rosalind Ridout

Set-up diagram - Ryan Huff

Trailer participants - Irini Aravidou, Juan Manuel Jaramillo, Tam Thi Pham

Commissioned by FACT (Liverpool, UK) for FACT Together. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and funded by Liverpool City Council.

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