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Nois will explore the theme of waves and frequencies in relation to living systems and will seek a solution to the negative effects that some of these have to health and wellbeing.


Stochastic resonance

Energy harvesting from ‘solar, thermal, wind, salinity gradients, and vibration’ use non-linear systems (Zheng et al., 2014). These ‘mechanical resonators’ ‘can be improved by stochastic resonance, which can create large-amplitude vibrations.

‘Stochastic resonance is a well-known physical phenomenon that can be in nonlinear systems whereby a weak periodic modulating signal can act as a route to the amplification of the response of an oscillator….’ (ibid, P 2569)

Put another way, non-linear systems can use noise to enhance the performance of a periodic signal (Berzukov and Vodyanoy, 1995). This increased performance can have many applications, including cognitive function (Lu et al., 2016).

The definition of noise should be established at this point: Mc.Donell and Abbotty (2009:4) described stochastic resonance as follows: ‘Random noise (unpredictable fluctuations) cause an increase in metric quality of signal transmission’. And they go on to suggest that the brain utilizes random noise. But they also propose that these are ‘undesirable disturbances’ (ibid, p 4). Konstantin Meyl, on the other hand, states that, in the near field, antenna noise relates to the scalar wave and that this can be used as a signal carrier (Meyl,2011).

Noise can be the result of ‘dirty electricity’, where EM fields jump from wires onto other conducting surface (Genuis, 2007). Metal light shades are an example of this and they can acquire an EM field as a result, which can affect health. Michael Bevington (2013:24), director of ES UK, suggested earthing metallic shades.

The increase in performance and clarity that stochastic resonance can bring about may be the effect of signals resonating to the harmonics and sub-harmonics within this ‘random’ signal. This can have positive results, as in the case of radio transmissions but may also have detrimental effects with regard to the bioelectrical signals within the body and is a  pointer to the complexity of interactions between living systems and anthropogenic (manmade) signals.

Resonance enables direct, non-linear interactions. This may occur between molecules within living systems and could explain the fact that not all anthropogenic signals are harmful to health but those that are have a profound effect.

Harmonics and sub-harmonics

Roger Dyson (2012) suggested that the radiation emitted by different appliances could be neutralised using coloured lights. He claimed that blue light can negate emissions from flat screen TVs screens (that are in the MW region) and green light from computer screens. These effects could be the result of octaves with the electromagnetic spectrum.


Walter Thut (2013)

Walter Thut has devised a table of harmonics, using elements and colour. This demonstrates the link between different waveforms.



Sensing the unseen

‘The UNseen’ is a project that has developed from the notion that we are inextricably linked to the sea of frequencies emitted from Twenty First Century technologies. Personal devices,  ubiquitous signals within public spaces such as WiFi, RFIDs and Bluetooth, together with unpredictable ‘dirty electricity’ that jumps from cables to other conductive materials. All of these frequencies combine in intricate and unfathomable patterns, both around us and within us. The UNseen project takes the theme of dress, using sound converted to heat to make the invisible visible. All signals in a given environment will be recorded on the dress.

This concept could be developed into a range of textiles that warn parents of hot spots in bedrooms, ensuring that children are not exposed during the night time.