A common idiosyncratic habit in all urban birds is their inevitable punk nature to shit over our most precious belongings. The author, in collaboration with a group of captive birds, is able to provide the guidelines to transform this countercultural attitude into a marketable product. For this task a flock of zebra fiches underwent a series of experiments in order to research their physiological, mechanical and social dynamics. The result is called “Poo Printer”, an analog generative typography printer using the bird droppings as the particle substance that slowly generates the Latin alphabet characters over a large roll of paper.
Physical description of the project
The small birds are housed in a customized cage –similar to any birdcage found in a regular household. The cage provides them with all the standard comforts, but instead of straight perches for the birds to sit on, the cage is equipped with perches bent into letters. The birds feed and, inevitably, excrete whilesitting on the letter shaped perches. The faces pile up on the birdcage floor, covered in a high qualitypaper roll, following the shape of the perches. Gradually, the birds´ excrements form letters on the floor of the cage.
The behavior of this birds explains how expressivity migrates from the body of the animal to the work of art. This introspective labor could be considered as the purest state of Art.
The concept of the Poo Printer lies in the fact that the printed letters are not produced by human handwriting, one of most rational cultural techniques. Rather it is ‘printed’ by an irrational activity, subject of nature.The birds participating in this process are surely unaware of the quality of the result they produce. The production process is based on the guidance of their human captor, transforming the birds´ natural urges of feeding and excreting into a meaningful process that cannot be appreciated by nature itself.
"This work of art can be interpreted as a trenchant and ironic reflection on the myths regarding the brilliant, nearly divine art process in the production of writing symbols. In other words, if an artist creates visual art without thinking but rather by emptying himself, the artist may be considered no more than a bird in a cage." Karen Appel
Art existed before the human existed, and animals are artists as well. Derrida understood animals as artists from other worlds, and thereby representing a privileged subject of analysis.
"If I you can answer me who I am. Then at least I will have an identity. I will know what or who to be."
By knocking on house you interact with the ego inside of it. With the project we are exploring a basic understanding that humans have free will. But that freedom of choice leads to anxiety. In other words, man since he is free and aware of possibilities, anxiety is part of human experience. With choices comes the absolute responsibility for one’s action. The fear and anxiety of this responsibility leads many people to ignore both their freedom and their responsibility by letting other people make their choices for them, resulting in bad faith.
Exposure to media is a shock to our nervous system that blocks feelings of discomfort and, like lab rats, has us mindlessly navigating through a maze for more satisfaction. Marshall McLuhan explains that access to tools and technology in society determines how that society will crumble or prosper. We become what we behold. An example of a technology that has been able to change social behavior is the television. Television is an urban compound that is present in almost all houses and the simple act of turning a television on can reduce a room full of people into silence.With a squeezer, a genital like tangible music interface to interact with your television or any device with a headphone output, you are able to modify the audio pitch of the gadget, which it is attached to. The variation of the pitch is proportional to the pressure exerted to the squeezer. The more pressure, the higher the pitch.
Nothing is hidden, nothing is sacred. Everything is available. Project is dealing with the fatal connection with technology and Internet in today’s society, which leads to the consequences such as loss of identity and confusion. FMR1 attemt to show invasion of technology in the most intimate areas of our lives. Insights into the womb, the fetus is an extreme form of intrusion into the intimacy, the virtual image without emotion, without understanding, therefore, only information that satisfies the curious eye.
Installation gives spectators possibility of entry with its 3D shape in the 2D virtual world using breathing device that gives him position of a creator. With his breath in to the device he can move the embrio on the screen. The viewer loses status of the creator at the moment when he stops using breathing device. Entry into the virtual reality is going on in real time, while we are in two worlds simultaneously. Because only the awareness moves into the virtual world while the body remains in the real world and time. Man and machine residing together in a dynamic system. Human body is therefore the last part of physis which still holds connection with the real material world. New technologies culturally mutate our perception of the human body from a naturally self-regulated system to an artificially controlled and electronically transformed object. All that gives us an ontological understanding of the cyborg principle.
We are thinking about consequences of our worshiping of technology. This leads even to the invasion of technology into our intimacy. Today even more directly like Orwell described it in his distopian novel 1984. As an example, looking into the womb of the unborn child – fetus. We were able to get this video of a real fetus from the You Tube platform. This child was not even born and it is already on the internet exposed with his image online to everyone.
The alienating result of a hybrid, natural and digital, aesthetic are the medium chosen to rethink the implications of the human eye and consequent brain functions for de-codification of light as just another media to interpret nature to our own will. Inspired by artists like Bill Viola, this video is a window to the modern digital Narcissus.