from object to affect: proposals for future archives after the media :: a collaboration with Carla Cabanas
In the light of the current context of the big data in which data processing, data curation, storage, transfer, visualisation and privacy are major topics of discussion, artists Carla Cabanas and Patrícia J. Reis collaborate for the second time on an artist project that aims to reflect upon alternative ways of digital archiving, materialisation and/or dematerialisation of private objects. from object to affect: proposals for future archives after the media suggests that traditional modes of digital archiving will be obsolete and ineffective for a future realm — after the media. Rather than being concerned with preserving things as they are or look like, the artists take advantage from the mutability and fluidity of the digital media by acknowledging its time-continuous, transforming data into another data, ultimately experienced physically by the participant. In the interactive installation, the participant is invited to place a personal object inside of a box, close the box, and take the key with her. Inside the box, an apparatus displays and video records the object in a 360ª continuously perspective. The video is connected to a computing system that translates the digital information of the pixels into vibration feedback. While caring the key, the participant is invited to experience the object through vibration feedback offered by a standing massage bed. The sensorial experience carries the data of the original object; the participant becomes the ultimate receptacle of the archive.
INSTALLATION, WOODEN MIRROR BOX, MOTORISE ROTATABLE DISPLAY STAND, WEBCAM, “MASSAGE BED” [TEXTILE, FOAM, VIBRATION MOTORS, WOOD, MICROCONTROLLERS], COMPUTER SYSTEM.
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