Friday, July 3, 2009

[Yasmin_discussions] ethnic cyborg


re examples of cyborg related art work here is the work of marce li
antunez roca in zero gravity
wearing his exoskeleton

in the zero gravity project he interacted with a virtual creature in cyberspace
while he was floating in zero gravity

re the "ethnic" nature of his work; it is interesting how his work in
zero gravity
grows out of his work in spanish radical street theater= it is very politically
situated and grows out of a long tradition of spanish agit prop


Using the Space Station as a metaphor, Marcel.lÌ Ant·nez Roca has
developed a hybrid show alternating performance, concert and lecture.
It is structured in different modules. During the show Ant·nez wears
his Dreskeleton (an exoskeletal body interface) and with it he
samples, activates and modulates sounds as well as controlling the
films projected on two screens.
In the first module he presents some of the mechanical aspects
characteristic of his work such as the Fleshbots, the Dreskeletons,
the Biometries and the Systematurgy.
The second module takes us through recurrent images in his work.
The third module reveals the end result of the process of preparation
for the Dedalus project in Star City in the Russian Federation as well
as the micro performances that were carried out during periods of
microgravity provided by the parabolas. In these micro performances we
witness the Requiem bodybot experiment and the interaction between the
dreskeleton, the softbot and the interactive films.
The last module presents the Transpermia theory and at this point the
performance becomes more like a conference. Ant·nez proposes a new
landscape for a Utopia called Transpermia. He describes some of his
prototypes organized in 4 sections:
1 Interface: new devices with which to perceive the world and take part in it
2 Robots: machines as metaphors for life
3 Fleeting Identities: transitory states of personality as a setting
for new experiences and knowledge
4 New Creations: models of activity in the Transpermia Utopia

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