"A common idiosyncratic habit in all birds is their inevitable punk nature to shit over our most precious belongings."
A group of male zebra finches underwent this experiment with rigorous commitment. The author/captor, taking the role of some kind of 1984´s Big brother, is providing the implementation guidelines for the transformation of this countercultural attitude into a marketable artsy product. The observation of this group of non-breeding birds in captivity and the experimentation with induced behaviors has been rigorously documented for this task. This project researches in a hybrid, artistic and scientific framework the physiological, mechanical and social dynamics of birds under captivity in a simulated factory-chain environment.
The result is the Poo Printer, an analog generative typography printer using the bird-poo as the particle substance in order to slowly generate the Latin alphabet characters over a large paper roll.
Physical description of the project
The Poo Printer consists of a wooden cage sized 170x120cm and 100cm high with a removable tray in the center. This tray has interchangeable parts looking like tree branches with integrated food dispensers. According to the order of placement of these pieces it creates the shape of each of the characters of the Latin alphabet. The birds will hang out there most of the day, eating, pooing and even eating and pooing simultaneously.
Directly under the cage an extended roll of paper is located over the entire surface of the cage. The birds in their pooing performance from the mobile structure, with an angle of 90° to the paper surface, are generating, one by one, poo after poo, the latin character shape desired.
"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.
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 Orwel 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.
Different technical interfaces (screen, keyboard, computer mouse) enable us to cross between the worlds. 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 artifically controlled and electronically transformed object. All that gives us an ontological understanding of the cyborg principle.
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.