Floric Antenna 1 (Orange Lichen Study) is a sculptural installation by Australian artist Joyce Hinterding that invites its audience to tune into the electromagnetic resonance that surrounds us. Electromagnetic energy is conducted via a single unbroken graphite line that zig zags and loops across a pane of glass. Metal studs and cables connect the graphite line to an audio mixer and headphones, through which the sound of ‘leaking’ electrical energy from the surrounding environment can be heard. The audience member is invited to activate the work by placing their hands on the glass to hear the effect of their physical touch, creating softer or louder sounds by experimenting with the pressure and placement of their hands.

Hinterding based the pattern for the graphite line on formations of orange lichen she observed in the Wollemi region of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. She applied the Voronoi algorithm to create a space-filling pattern to maximum the conductivity of the graphite line, creating an ‘energy-scavenging loop antennae’. Floric Antenna 1 (Orange Lichen Study) was exhibited at UTS Gallery in 2019 as part of the exhibition Spectra: The Art and Consequence of Collaboration, which considered intersections between artistic and scientific practices. The exhibition was produced by ANAT (Australian Network for Art and Technology) and curated by Experimenta.

Hinterding’s artistic research and practice explores energetic forces and acoustic and electromagnetic phenomena. She makes large sculptural antenna works, experimental drawings, video and sound-producing installations, as well as experimental audio works for performance. She works as solo practitioner and in collaboration with artist David Haines, exhibiting both nationally and internationally.

UTS ART, in partnership with STEAM Pop and UTS Deep Green Biotech Hub, has developed an education resource and video conferencing workshop program for this artwork. Explore and book here.