Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by James Lucchesi

Nervous Structure is an interactive installation created by emerging artists Annica Cuppetelli (USA) and Cristobal Mendoza (Venezuela). The work is composed of hundreds of vertical elastic lines illuminated with interactive computer graphics that react to the presence and motion of viewers. The piece consists of three planes that intersect: the physical plane (the structure), the virtual plane (the projection) and the perceptual plane (the viewer and his/her interaction). The artists note that “it is in these various points of intersection that the piece works, and our interest lies in the perceptual problems that arise within these intersections.”

A significant aspect of the installation is the moiré pattern, which is created when the projected lines move over the structure. A moiré pattern is the optical result of two overlapping grids that are not in perfect alignment. The term is used widely in physics and computer graphics; however the word is hundreds of years old and originates from a type of textile that has a “watery” look, which is produced by layering fabric. The fact that so much of modern technology terminology has its origins in historical techniques (particularly in textiles) is of great interest to the artists, as it connects their individual practices and it ties their work to history.

Cuppetelli and Mendoza began their artistic collaboration in autumn 2010. They have exhibited in the Biennial of Video and Media Arts (Chile, 2012) and festivals such as Scopitone 2012 (France), ISEA 2012, FILE 2011 (Brazil), FAD 2011 (Brazil), video_dumbo 2011 (New York, NY) among others. Cuppetelli received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art (Fibers, 2008) and Mendoza at the Rhode Island School of Design (Digital Media, 2007). Mendoza is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, where they are based.

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