What would be the mundane realities of a fully networked future? What is going to happen when electronic implants become as feasible as pacemakers or breast implants?
Body 2.0 is a set of 5 medical cases and 1 conversation that focus on unique features, uncommon banalities and possible absurdities of our near future, where our actions are integrated to the internet, and where new paradigms exist for privacy, social control and human interactions.
Beyond optimistic and glossy visions of the future, this video investigates our dependence on technology and our complex evolution with it.
Some preliminary video prototypes:
Some process projects:
Paintings, as static objects, do not make justice to the dynamic processes that created them. How to record the various states a painting goes through? In this performance Alex and I used the concept of synesthesia as a translator from color to sound. Each brushstroke to the canvas gets captured by a camera and translated to sound. White doesn’t produce any sound. There are two canvases on a table, each one being read by a webcam and triggering a different set of sounds, allowing the p(aint)erformer to be a dj with paint.
[ In collaboration with Alex Braidwood, at the MDP ]
–> Tools used: Max/MSP, OpenFrameworks, two computers, two webcams, 12″x12″ gesso boards, acrylic paint, brushes and speakers.
Painting Records (12″ x 12″):
While trying to understand some of my influences in art, design, technology and economics I started drawing 4 overlapping circles. I then realize that this kind of diagram was too flat and simplistic to serve my purpose, since there were missing “overlaps”. For instance, in the graph below right there is no area where economics and art meet each other without involving technology and design. At the end I figure a graph/drawing that matched my vision of the relationship of these fields and that is in tune with the complexities of the fields.
Some weeks after I attended Johanna Drucker talk at UCLA Design Media Arts about diagramming interpretation and realize how dangerous could be to flatten information.
[ With: Ingrid Hora, Daniel Salomon, Dee Kim and Ana Rifa. ]
What are the elements that form a Cult? During the summer of 2010 we investigated how religions, cults, brands and personalities design a suspension of disbelief around them. The result was a movie shot in the desert of California.
While approaching the subject of the Smart-Home I started asking What is Home?, What is smart? and which are the relationships we establish with our home devices? Do we want gadget-slaves? How much control do we need to feel comfortable? Are the creators of smart-gadgets controlling people?
This project allowed me to identify the contrast between faster computers being built and the inevitable slow down of our neurons. There must be a point in time for everybody where those two forces pull apart.