Organ alpha

Avi Asheknazi and Marion Lean

High res press release (photo, video and text)

Organ Alpha suggest new modes of determining the human state and exploring the body. Investigating the body’s phenomena through rhythm and sound and by linking emotional feeling to physical article, the collaboration provides modes of demonstrating and understanding body function - somatic and emotional – by way of hearing and touching.

In their exploration of the body, Mavion have created a physical depiction of places we have never before been able to reach and experiences we could never before behold. The installation is a wondrous exemplar for future investigations of untouchable phenomena. Speculative, probing and potentially scary, Mavion invoke an atavistic moral obligation to explore the unseen.

In challenging aspects of perception and the subjective, the installation allows us to experience the self in an unexpected, stimulating, and extraordinary way. Using specially designed sensory stethoscopes, visitors will be able to hear the body’s sounds as depicted by a range of participants throughout the course of research. The installation associates changes of state (such as from hungry to full) to changes in shape, form, feel, pitch and tone. Using non-verbal sensory inputs, it questions our ability to express and understand the language of change.

What happens?

Stepping into a place we shouldn’t be, that’s inside the body, users are invited to touch and hear, elements we shouldn’t normally touch and sounds we shouldn’t hear.

Organ Alpha is an opportunity to enter one's own body, considering sound and touch as a possibility for diagnosis and detection. The installation is big enough for around 4-5 people inside and is a space for discussion and questioning around the ways we perceive and conceptualise the body. It is a sound and textile experience, inside which we promote visitors to touch all the elements and interactive with a series of hanging stethoscopes which when pressed against the body reveal prerecorded sounds of the perceived sounds of the body.

Crossing boundaries between metaphor and biological language the space is a place which you can escape the outside; aenter a place you shouldn't be, hear sounds you shouldn't hear and touch pieces you shouldn't touch.

Colour change represents different stages of the stomach; moving through empty (colour blue), digesting (pink) and in love (a multicoloured wave ) Upon entering the stomach, sensors detect movement and the glowing ambience changes colour according to how many people and movement goes on inside.

Surround sound suggesting low frequency inner body sounds plays rumbling, watery noises mimicking sounds from the stomach encapsulating visitors in the space and providing a sense of being enclosed, away from the outside world manipulating the user into an unknown experience.

Using sonic sketching, participants were invited to share how they thought their body might sound. Responses to questions like ‘How does your stomach sound when you are hungry? how does your hair sounds when it grows? how do your eyes sound when they focus? Etc. play when the touch activated stethoscopes hanging inside the installation are pressed against the body.

Making of


avi ashkeanzi

Avi Asheknazi

I am a hyperrealist absorber that analyze routine to create speculative interventions that hopefully someday will transform to inventions. A 24/7/365 full activity, self-learning, abhor from boredom type.

I’m an experience designer. avi [@]

marion lean

Marion Lean

Interested in the shared language of material and emotion, Marion’s design approach urges us to savor our real, physical relationships and experiences to create stronger memories and encourage wellbeing.

Marion is passionate about design for change, and prompting responses, from making someone smile, to changing the way a nation thinks and behaves.