(20:12), 07-VIII-2015, Summer

Fowler, J., Unami, T., et al. (2015). Species pluralis [Audio Cassettes and LP Record]. United States: Leaving Records. 060, 063, 066.

060(1):01–04, (20:12), 100 Audio Cassettes, 20-III-2015, Equinox
063(2):05–08, (20:12), 100 Audio Cassettes, 21-VI-2015, Solstice
066(3):09–12, (20:12), 100 Audio Cassettes, 23-IX-2015, Equinox

“Species” definitions remain arbitrary, contentious, and vague. Ideally, species are similar groups of locally adapted organisms capable of actual or potential interbreeding; natural populations that share variable genotypic-phenotypic characteristics dependent upon anscestrality-descendrality and environmental conditions or resources. However, these idealizations may lack common unifying features and suspend when applied to asexually reproducing (micro-)organisms, cryptids, hybrids, or isolated yet compatible taxa. Such suspended idealizations occasion the philosophically varied “Species Problem”. For example, realism posits species as extant noumena, while (subjective) pragmatism proposes species as extant instrumental phenomena and nominalism deems species as inexistent phenomena. Pluralism submits eliminative, inter-descriptive, paraconsistent, or trivial definitions contra-yet-pro aforementioned monist approaches. Thereby and overall, any categorical onto-epistemic “species” is already continuous one-multiple or “species pluralis“.

Consequently, “speciesism” or “human supremacism” and associated animal-rights and bioconservatist arguments suspend from skeptical-trivial “species pluralis“. If “species pluralis” is indeterminate, indifferent, and unstable in-the-last-instance, then exclusion-inclusion of non-human “species pluralis” actions, decisions, or intentions through anthropocentric Philosophies of Difference stands undecidable. For example, following naive-monist conceptions of species, animal-rights activists and vegans may protest animal experimentation or consumption based upon treatments with varied moral philosophies, but perform hetero-sentio-centric instrumentalism against immanently amoral and “insentient” autotrophic and heterotrophic (non-)organisms for “sentient” heterotrophs. All the same, such differential nescience of “species pluralis” for “species” suspends from ‘human microbiome’ and correlated ‘sorites paradox’.

[If Homo sapiens (Linnaeus, 1758) may be indeterminate, indifferent, and unstable from Achromobacter spp., Acinetobacter spp., Actinomyces spp., Aeromonas spp., Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (Klinger, 1912), Alcaligenes faecalis Castellani and Chalmers 1919, Anaerobiospirillum spp., Bacillus spp., Bacteroides spp., Bifidobacterium spp., Burkholderia cepacia complex (Palleroni and Holmes 1981) Yabuuchi et al. 1993, Campylobacter spp., Candida spp., Capnocytophaga spp., Cardiobacterium spp., Chlamydia trachomatis (Busacca 1935) Rake 1957 emend. Everett et al. 1999, Chlamydophila pneumoniae comb. nov., Clostridium spp., Corynebacterium spp., Demodex brevis Akbukatova, 1963, Demodex folliculorum Simon, 1842, Enterobacter cloacae (Jordan 1890) Hormaeche and Edwards 1960, Enterococcus spp., Epidermophyton floccosum (Harz) Langeron and Miloch., Escherichia coli (Migula 1895) Castellani and Chalmers 1919, Eubacterium spp., Flavobacterium spp., Fusobacterium necrophorum (Flügge 1886) Moore and Holdeman 1969, Gardnerella vaginalis (Gardner and Dukes 1955) Greenwood and Pickett 1980, Haemophilus spp., Kingella spp., Lactobacillus spp., Leptotrichia buccalis Trevisan 1879, Malassezia spp., Methanobrevibacter smithii Balch and Wolfe 1981, Microbacterium spp., Micrococcus spp., Mobiluncus spp., Moraxella spp., Morganella morganii Winslow (Winslow et al. 1919) Brenner et al. 1978, Mycobacteria spp., Mycoplasma spp., Neisseria spp., Peptococcus spp., Peptostreptococcus spp., Plesiomonas shigelloides corrig. (Bader 1954) Habs and Schubert 1962, Porphyromonas gingivalis (Coykendall et al. 1980) Shah and Collins 1988, Propionibacterium spp., Providencia spp., Pseudomonas spp., Ruminococcus spp., Sarcina spp., Staphylococcus spp., Trichophyton spp., Veillonella spp., Vibrio spp., Yersinia enterocolitica (Schleifstein and Coleman 1939), etc., then no more “species” than “species pluralis“.]

Species pluralis asks: What are Trans-species Soundscapes? (Non-)Hypothesis: If species-species pluralis, then no more species than species pluralis; then no more species than non-species; then no more species pluralis than non-species pluralis. Performance-research proceeds according to suspended concepts and methods, i.e. “Species Problem” and Ecology-Music. Materials include compositions and samples of indifferent anthropic-biophonic-geophonic sounds, such as musical instruments, natural objects, and audio recordings (for-from) one-multiple “species pluralis“. Pseudo-replicated praxis results in non-directional listening untethered from “anthro-hetero-sentio-centric” ends. Alternative-neutral-null discussions may investigate topics including, but not limited to Art-Science, Bio-Eco-Natural Horror, Conservation Biocontrol, etc.


August 7th, 2015