The project Solar Displacement is an agora for the deliberation between the acceptance of a culturally suboptimal body and the potential of human agents to emancipate themselves from their biology using alcohol, pharmaceuticals, natural remedies, or phototherapy. A custom application developed for the mobile phone keeps track of the luminosity of the participant’s surroundings and mirrors the light conditions in the rats’ environment. The rats respond to the artificial light by displacing their rhythm of activity as well as with self-medication. The synchronization of the participants with their bioindicators thus allows them to observe their physiological bodies as if they were dissociated, autonomous entities and are simultaneously urged to take responsibility for the well being of the rats’ as well as themselves.

SOLAR DISPLACEMENT / author: Špela Petrič / collaborators: Gašper Derganc (programming), Slavko Glamočanin (programming), Miha Turšič (design) / acknowledgments: Nejc Novak (zivali-male.com/) / produced by Kapelica Gallery, 2013 / the project is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana Department for Culture / the project is part of the KiiCS - Knowledge Incubation in Innovation and Creation for Science programme, supported by a grant from European Comission, 7th Framework Programme

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