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 experimentsin 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.
Interactive sculpture (Portable version) /*The sculpture is easy to set up and disassembled, fitting a 102x75x4cm portfolio. Light and portable, the sculpture passes the baggage restrictions of planes.*/
"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, and with this 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.
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.
Intervention, photography and multi-channel video installation.
This work explores concepts of intimacy, auditory architecture, and nature.
”In the big cities they’ve set it up so you can go to a park and be in a miniature countryside, but in the countryside they don’t have any patches of big city, …”-Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again
Interactive Installation. Collaboration with the Jesús Cabrera Hernández at Ars Electronica Festival 2009.
The project aspires to question the structure of media, globalization and the individual perception of Art and Society on two sides of the world. A series of interviews and footage on the theme of Information, Media Art and Society will being recorded in Cuba, a country with an environment in which the access to the media is limited. This footage was projected in Linz, Austria during the Ars Electronica Festival, bringing to this event the points of view on art, technology, information and society that Cuban citizens have. This is an attempt to reflect on the meaning of these terms in different societies. The screen is made and covered with a rub-off surface, as people scratch part of it they uncover the projection of the Cuban footage. The metaphor of the necessity to deconstruct the information that the media transmit to us will be reflected—with the interaction of different users the big picture can be revealed. A separation between the two worlds will be made and the necessity of simple approaches to complex subjects. The idea of global human nature is countered with the answer of coming back to a simple natural interface, like scratching a surface with our hands and a coin, claiming as a metaphor to understand and deconstruct broad concepts like information art and society.
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.