title

[B.M.I.] BELIEVER. MACHINE. INTERFACE.

year

2017

dimensions

Variable

media

Dual-channel audiovisual installation composed by closed-circuit mechanical and computer system, pendulum (30x50cm).

We learned to believe in machines! We enjoy believing in machines!

The BMI project investigates fictional technomancy by questioning the boundaries between science, religion and magic from the point of view of the user and/or the believer.

Referring to divination techniques from paganism, cabalism, and spiritual beliefs, the closed-circuit installation proposes a mechanism able of triggering and translating the behavior of a mystic object. The object is automatically reacting to questions spoken by the artist about the future. A digital program is executing the task of decoding the behavior of the object into a certain answer.

The human body, the subconscious, and the mind of the believer are replaced by the automatic system of the device. The machine becomes an interface between the believer and an utopian future.

EXHIBITIONS

Venue: Schauraum di’Angewandte Museums Quartier, Vienna, Austria.

 

24.03 – 19.05.2017

Curator: Ruth Schnell and Tommy Schneider

PRESS

CREDITS

Development, concept and production: Patrícia J. Reis

Programming: Patrícia J. Reis & Daniel Schatzmayr

Hardware: Patrícia J. Reis

Video:Patrícia J. Reis

 

Many thanks to Anna Watzinger, Bina Simonic, Daniel Schatzmayr, Fernando Mesquita, Maria Trabulo, Paulina Semkowicz, Cornelia Auinger, and Ruth Schnell.