Video documentation (installation view) of the art piece FLUID by Valerie Wolf Gang.
More info: portfolio-valeriewolfgang.com/Fluid
The work FLUID is inspired by Wolf Gang's recent researches on the topic of water in the connection with human body. By her own personal experience, where she lost more than 30% of her body weight in the past year, she realized it’s not only the physical appearance which is changed, but it opens many more levels in one person’s life.
The human body is mainly made up of water. Water is our body’s most important nutrient and it is involved in every bodily function, making up 70 –75% of our total body weight and the main reason why it is so important to drink the required amount of water daily. Drinking a lot of water daily increases energy, improves memory, increases focus, it makes us stronger, faster, gives us radiant skin, it improves our mood. But what happens when one is losing the weight, when the fluid keeps extracting from our body?
In the work FLUID Wolf Gang presents her 30% of lost liquid in a form of distilled water which now became part of another form in space; symbolically it is a part of her (which left her body) and now became another object.
In physics, a fluid is a substance that continually deforms (flows) under an applied shear stress, or external force. Fluids are a phase of matter and include liquids, gases and plasmas. They are substances with zero shear modulus, or, in simpler terms, substances that cannot resist any shear force applied to them. The materialization of lost body fluid allegorically becomes out-of-body experience and it is a strong reminder that our intellect can remain the same, but our bodies (can) always change.
The work also speaks about our presence in space here and now – physically, mentally and how our mind can be separated from our body sometimes when we are thinking about something else as our current physical position.
Installation in space and the materialization of (lost) bodily mass/fluid are positioned next to the video that by contrast shows the lightness of digital media (immateriality), which represents the intellect and at the same time points on the physicality of the human body (materiality). In the video we can watch the video poetry which was generated by artificial intelligence and neural networks; the material for machine's inspiration were 40 articles about the healthy lifestyle recommendation (hydration, sports, food etc.). Computer had a task to create a poetry out of this materials and it was recorded by a text-to-speech software to get an autonomous creation of the AI poetry.
Number 40 is the main ingredient in the installation: 40 liters, 40 minutes, 40 kilos, 40 articles and many fluids moving in space and time continuum.