Utopia_Distopia1 is an interactive installation produced in collaboration of José Gomes Pinto, and that is supported by two cloth screens.... Read More
Utopia_Distopia1 is an interactive installation produced in collaboration of José Gomes Pinto, and that is supported by two cloth screens.
The cloth screens measure 300cm each and are placed with back to back. Between the two cloth screens there is a space that allows to fit two projectors, two computers, and a sound system. Laterally the union between the two cloth screens is made with a set of wooden slats painted in grey. These wooden slats end up constituting lateral light fields, giving solidity to the whole set, while referring to the grids that are shown on the brown image displayed in one of the cloths screens, and the user is placed in front of this brown image, can move down when he touches a device placed in front of him. It will never be a virus that will make us recede to the inside of impossibility!
There are other images displayed with this brown image that aims to make the reflect about marks of violence and imprisonment left by the past.
So, this brown image starts with the marks - images: left images of the Auschwitz concentration camp with prisoners of that concentration camp, as well as other marks that appears, later, in the same space. All these marks initially point - in the context of the production of this installation - to the possibility of starting from them, other equally powerful and pertinent texts/images and texts/sounds may emerge, but now being images and sounds of liberation.
For these images and sounds to emerge, only the present and future can provide -subjectores- that means humans and machines, subjects that through a critical interaction - scavenge the hidden data in a digital work of art. They can bring up marks from the past, and starting from them, generate their own marks for the present and future.
The grey bars that are on the brown image flickering up and down. When they descend, each of the grids makes the user listening to different latin words. All of these words are related to the theme of war, hate, exploitation, oppression, violence, destruction and imprisonment.
When the grids are all on top, we heard in the installation space a melody that is repeated until someone brings down the grids again.
As different pictorial elements of the brown image acquire movement and transform, we can hear different sounds or voices. These voices could be, metaphorically elements of an imagined past, that resonate now in their simplicity.
In short, this brown image screen recalls Utopia.
There is a black bird that moves behind the grey bars in the brown image screen. The image and movement of this black bird is used for the production of the second cloth screen, the black image screen.
The image of this bird remind us that metaphorically anyone could be in his place.
This black bird can never leave the stage. He also has the function of ensuring the unity and agreement with the second cloth screen (the black image screen). On one hand, all the movements of that black bird in the brown image screen are replicated graphically on the black image screen, and the graphic movements of the black bird in the black image screen give rise to a particular audible display on that screen.
In front of the black image screen and approximately two meters away, some sensors are connected to a device. Everytime somebody touch this device, all bars that are visible in the brown image screen goes up. And here lies the Distopia1, with one observer that interferes and manipulates what others see and hear, but that also allows something random to appear on the brown image screen, while delighting with his transformed image, that is added to the black screen by the action of a strategically placed webcam.
And here is also the end of Distopia1, that is:
It won't be a virus that will make us recede to the inside of impossibility!