The Electric Well

Willard Van De Bogart

Media Type
Sonic Sculpture
The Ether Ship et al

Thought Pods

#2. Fluctuation
Through Space and Time Uzbazur [Italy]
Cosmic Land Luigi Rodio [Italy]

#3. Transformation
Warpz Abe King [USA] website

#4. Entanglement
Shift Reg Euclidean Lorin Roser [USA]
Number Stations Igor Vasiliev [Russia] website

#5. Becoming
Ununpentium Faust Hertz [Italy] website

#6. Symbiotic
Mud Dragger Puck Schot [The Netherlands] SoundCloud

#7. Self-Organizing
Eventual Fanfare Doug Lynner [USA] website

#8. Xenolinguistics
Myoglobin Protein Orchestra Across Scales Rhythm, Melody and a Drone Markus J Buehler [USA]

The Electric well is a collaborative digital sound art piece designed by Willard Van De Bogart. The concept is symbolic of the life giving elements of sunlight and water which nurtures the creation of life and eventually creates consciousness in the universe. The concept is represented by the creation of sound tracks that are placed in Thought Pods which act as language generators to provide ideas for the future growth of the human species in the universe.

The Electric Well is in reference to the deep nature of all plant growth on the planet receiving sunlight as a quantum photo synthesis behavior. The sunlight changes the plant and the roots go deep into the soil where the rain water is charged by the earth and the root structure is very similar to the dendritic organization in the human brain as well as the shape of galaxies. When the plant is fully grown it interacts with the atmosphere giving a healthy environment in which to breathe as well allowing us to have consciousness.

The Electric Well is designed so other sound artists can fill the soil with their own sounds replicating or symbolizing the water of life which facilitates the listener to make associations with the letters to form ideas.  The sounds are meant to enable ideas that become Thought Pods. As the plant flowers and germinates so too does our consciousness as it invents and creates new ideas to share in the world.

The concept of a Thought Pod was born from The Electric Well concept as a way for other Sound Artists to participate in the In Absentia Pavilion. Thought Pods are a community of Sound Artists who contribute to the generation of ideas by submitting an audio sample (mp3, aiff, ogg wave file format) of their work to the below mentioned e-mail address.

A printable PDF is here:
Project PDF
E-mail address:
Project E-mail address
The complete Call is here:
Project Call page


Willard Van De Bogart received his Masters of Fine arts from the California Institute of Art where he studied under Morton Subotnick co-developer of the Buchla Synthesizer. Van De Bogart developed a performance ensemble, Ether Ship, using the Electronic Music Labs AKS synthesizer from the UK leading to exhibiting at the American Cultural Center on 3 Rue du Dragon in Paris, France for a piece commissioned by Don Forester, Director, for the 200th anniversary of the United States. Van De Bogart worked alongside Nicolas Schöffer, father of cybernetic art, where intricate displays of sound and light were explored. As a media consultant with NASA he was led to participating in the SETI program.

Collaboration with Scot Forshaw, a quantum algorithm designer from the UK, led to exhibiting in Beijing and Shanghai, China for Roy Ascott’s Consciousness Reframed conferences. Further ideas on nano-sound led Van De Bogart to exploring the sounds produced by the newly designed protein synthesizer, Eigenprot, developed by Zhao Qin and Markus Buehler at MIT where his ideas on xenolinguistics were further expanded. Van De Bogart is a member of the Generative Systems Art and Technology Group from Chicago founded by Sonia Landy Sheridan in 1969 and is included in their recent book “Weaving Global Minds” edited by Sheridan. Van De Bogart’s videos can be found on YouTube under Ether Ship as well as sound tracks on SoundCloud. Published papers on his philosophy can be found in the Technoetic Arts Journal published by Intellect UK editor Roy Ascott.