Patrícia J. Reis Patrícia J. Reis

Underneath the skin another skin, 2016

Photo credits © Manfred Pichlbauer




Venue: Alte Post, Vienna, Austria

12.2015 – 01.2016 

Curator: Victoria Dejaco


Venue: Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, Portugal

15 – 27.04.2016

Robot Love

15.09 — 02.12.2018

Evoluon, Campina, Van Abbemuseum, Park Theatre Eindhoven

Eindhoven, Netherlands

Curator: Ine Gevers


05. 10 —24.11.2018

Kunstraum Niederösterreich

Vienna, Austria

Curator:Alexandra Schantl, Ruth Schnell and Martin Kusch

Text about “Por baixo da pele outra pele” exhibition

“Underneath the skin another skin” by Patrícia J. Reis



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Underneath the skin another skin, 2016

Underneath the skin another skin is an audio-visual-tactile interactive installation presented in the shape of three human-scale tridimensional objects. It is made of flexible materials such as textiles, inviting the interacting audience to engage physically in a bodily sensorial and sensuous relationship with the artwork. The objects contain interactive devices and tactile sensors that, when used, trigger multiple sensorial stimuli in the interactor. The interactive installation focuses on the interactor’s intimate haptic sensorial experience, taking into consideration his or her sensorial and cognitive mechanisms as a potential apparatus in the construction of unique individual experiences. Interactivity is understood to be a triggering element in a multisensorial individual and particular experience. All objects share the same mechanism of the audio-visual-tactile interface. The visual interface emits flickering light, the audio interface emits pulsed beats (mixed with a melody created by the artist in the background) and the tactile interface, installed inside the object, emits vibration feedback. While embodying the object, the interactor is invited to use the headphones and to approach the source of light with his or her eyes shut. The synchronization of the stimuli stimulates the perception of singular images characterized by patterns of geometric shapes in motion and colour. The visual illusion is derived from the brain’s attempt to give meaning to a certain “distorted” stimulus in which signals such as depth and colour are misleading because the eyelids are shut. Through manipulation of the interactive sensor, the interactor can “visualize” different images. In Underneath the skin another skin the interactor’s memory becomes the main device for the construction of experience and image. His or her sensorial system is transformed into a mechanism capable of constructing and imagining the perceptible “reality” induced by the system of the work. The interaction is not limited to the work’s technical system; rather, it occurs within the internal space of the interactor. The interactor interacts within its system, generating new information and producing experiences in a singular way.

Audio-visual-tactile installation