Electric Daisy

Old Fire Station

Thurs 15 Jun, 7-7:30pm or 8-8:30pm (two performances)


A mesmerising performance that invites you to experience a sonic and visual landscape created by a Brazilian flower.  


Immerse yourself in the experience of the Electric Daisy through a sonic and visual landscape created by a Brazilian flower and Artificial Intelligence voices. 

You'll have the opportunity to hear a deep listening composition, allowing your senses to resonate in harmony while witnessing the intricate details captured in microscopic footage. 

Artists and researchers Joana Burd, Ned Barker, and Nikolas Gomes have converted the flower’s numerical data into sounds, essentially making the plant the composer of this piece. This audio experience aims to provoke contemplation about our relationship with nature, our bodies, and the potential future of living technologies. 

The Brazilian flower, called Spilanthes oleracea, is a safe product currently sold in the market as edible flowers by UK companies. Unfortunately, due to health and safety restrictions, we will now not be able to offer an infusion at this event. Consequently, the performance has been redesigned into a multi-sensory, low-frequency bass experience to evoke the buzz of the electric daisy.

Joana Burd is an artist, educator and researcher of haptic aesthetics and sound art. She is also currently writing up her PhD research at the Universitat de Barcelona, where she also works as a lecturer of Sound Art.   

Nikolas Gomes is a sound artist and musician based in Lisbon. His work deals mostly with the intersection of musical production and sound art, looking to push the boundaries between these two fields. 

Ned Barker is a sociologist of technology and the body based at the UCL Knowledge Lab. He is currently PI of ‘Biohybrid Bodies: a sociological framework for living with Living Machines’, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. As an experienced ethnographer Ned combines sensory, creative, and collaborative methods to explore the complex relations between body, technology, and society. 


The artists are supported by: Leverhulme Trust, Santander Investigación and European Social Fund, from 'AGAUR' Agency for Management of University and Research Grants, Department of Business and Knowledge of Catalunya, Spain.


Their other collaborators are: 

Carey Jewitt (research advisor)

Dr Han Hu (Chromatography advisor)

Daen Palma Huse (model)

Dr Tchern Lenn (Microscopy and Imaging Technician) 

Franccyne Kuser Fegalo (Food Technologist)

Luiza Kessler (Model and Performer)

Louise Carpenedo (video recording) 

Marti Ruiz (research advisor)

Nikolas Gomes (sound consultant)

Ramandeep Shergill (photographer)

Xueming Xia (Research Instrument Technician)


Please note: we will not be serving the 'electric daisy' tea as previously advertised.

Photo credits: Ram Shergill and Dr Tchern Lenn.