“Absorption #2” is the second interactive audiovisual sculpture of the project “Absorption” that builds from the thought on how one’s presence might be absorbed (for the first version please see link for the website in the end of the page).
It was inspired by the micro-scale interactions that occur in our body, in particular, by the process of how our cells eat or absorb other molecules such as viruses, in a process referred to as endocytosis. This is what occurs before, during and after a cell engulfs a particle. We also envisage this process as when we upload data to the web: we might don’t know where the data will end up trafficking, whether it will remain or succumb. We considere the natural and the digital world are systems absorbing everything to a place that goes beyond our perception.
The project started with a collaboration of an ‘art & science’ residence at Tom Kirchhausen Lab in the Harvard Medical School in Boston and was exhibited in Lisbon at Adamastor Studios, March 2015. The project then proposed to explore how an artwork could use the expressive data of the visitor's experience to activate itself - having in mind that beyond the public to absorb the artistic experience, the sculpture would also absorb the experience of the visitor trough the means of their expressive data.
This originates a dichotomy that was explored and rendered thought the presence and singularity of how each visitor relates with the sculpture: you might just observe or interact, but if the sculpture senses that you are getting closer, it starts to create and render a pattern in its inside that is absorbed into its digital realm.
YEAR OF CREATION: 2016.
TECHNIQUE: Hardware [computer, 3D Depth Sensor, costume made “depth screen” display, sound speakers, LED lighting system]; Software [custom computer vision, graphics and sound software]; Sculpture Materials [Steel and acrylic]. Power: 110 or 240V.
DIMENSIONS: 105.4 x 108.9 x 28.5 in / 276.7 x 227.3 x 72.4 cm.
EDITION: 6 copies + 1 AP.
COLLECTIONS: Private Colector in Boston.
KEY-WORDS: Absorption, Interactive, Depth Screen, Endocytosis, Expressive Data.
ASCB - San Diego Convention Center, Rudolfo Quintas: Absorption, Sand Diego, 2016.
Rudolfo Quintas - Artist, Tom Kirchhausen - Scientist, Mário Dominguez - Multimedia Designer, Carlos Silva - Metalomecanic Engineering, Verónica Metello - Curator, António Pedro Lima - Executive Production, Aida Silva - Press Assistance, Joana Galante - Science Consultancy.
Production: Artech-International; Co-production: Tom Kirchhausen, Harvard Medical School Professor of Cell Biology and Springer Family Chair at Boston Children's Hospital;Co-Funding: DGartes; Production Support: UAb, CIAC, ISMAI, Adamastor Studios and Maran;
Video directed by Mário Dominguez and Rudolfo Quintas
Sound Design /Mastering by Filipe Galante
Rudolfo Quintas, 2015