About"Finally, we will speak of the haptic whenever there is no longer a strict subordination in either direction, either a relaxed subordination or a virtual connection, but when sight discovers in itself a specific function of touch that is uniquely its own, distinct from its optical function".
— G. Deleuze. Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation
Entering into interaction with the world, humans use light in the usual way to clarify for themselves other forms of existence – procedural, variable systems formed by continuous interspecies communication. Clarity is an anthropocentric weapon against the alienness of nonhuman systems, a way to filter a dark heterogeneous environment through a language, enclose it in the framework of rational terminology, reduce a complex set of relationships to another tool in hands of a human. Gardens express our affection for nature, beauty and harmony, but we neglect its most fundamental matter – the soil which remains strangely alien for our senses. Soil is a complex system based on the interaction of a number of factors: climate, time, source rock, terrain, plants, and animals. The uniqueness of this natural body is not only in the fusion of organic and inorganic, but also in the density of living organisms. Soil is the habitat of a huge variety of organisms – from bacteria and protozoa to plants and mammals. Settling the solid, liquid and air phases of the soil, these organisms are constantly involved in the interaction processes that regulate the functioning of the system. Depending on the type and depth of the soil, the species composition and biological activity change. At the same time, the human presence also leaves its mark on soil life. In UnderGarden project, we try to open up uncommon garden perspectives, suggest entering the territory of soil otherness, discarding the usual ways of thinking, and commit thereby “anthropological exodus from the dominant configurations of the human as the king of creation.” By rejecting vision based on stereotypical models of knowledge, we try to reconstruct our perception and give preference to tactile and auditory sensations which, in isolation from visual cues, can generate unexpected, spontaneous images. This new sensuality can help us to move intuitively into the zone of the nonhuman. At the same time, we do not try to dissolve ourselves into the Other, do not give up our own environment, but recognize in ourselves a “nomadic, embedded, embodied, and technologically mediated” subject, “a complex assemblage of human and nonhuman, planetary and cosmic, given and manufactured.” The sound filling of space with field recordings is another way to consider the relationship between the human species and the environment. Within the sound space, natural sounds and human coexist, complementing each other, but not suppressing.The development of sound canvases in real time reflects the procedural character of natural systems. As a result, the observer finds himself in a space that is in constant motion. The dynamics of the sound space reflects the dynamics of the natural soil system,using technology as a medium.