sentient (being) reconfigure(d)


Technik: Federstahldraht, gestrickter Kupferlackdraht, Nitinolmechanismus, Platine, Arduino, Kinect

2010 / 2012

Die Installation „sentient (being)“, hergestellt für den Schauraum der Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien (Electric Avenue, Museumsquartier, 2010), wurde für die Ausstellung reconfigure(d) im November 2012 in den Räumlichkeiten des Yppenplatz 9 weiterentwickelt.

Laura Skocek, Raffaela Gras und Lena Schwentenwein haben eine Grammatik entwickelt, die es erlaubt, mit dem Objekt über Bewegungsmuster zu kommunizieren.
Die gegenseitige Beeinflussung von Performerin und Objekt ruft im jeweils anderen neue Verhaltensweisen hervor. Basis der Bewegungen des Objekts sind Rhyhtmen, die aus der Messung von Gehirnaktivität während des Einschlafens abgeleitet wurden.


Zusätzlich wurde der Poet Joshua Muyiwa (Bangalore, Indien) eingeladen ein Gedicht für die Ausstellung zu verfassen. Die Aufzeichnugn der Lesung wurde an zwei Abenden gespielt.

Idee, Konzept: Laura Skocek
Material und Raumkonzept in Kollaboration mit Lena Schwentenwein
Performance: Raffaela Gras
Lyrik: Joshua Muyiwa
Elektronik: Lukas Raschendorfer
Video: Christoph Gruber, Laura Russo, Jennifer Schwartze

sentient (being)

Installation, 2010


Photo by Peter Kainz


One barely notices the phase between sleep and wakefulness.

Experiences of the last dream may still have an effect, bits of information, still lingering from the hours before falling asleep, fade away.

For the installation sentient (being) a physiological rhythm measured during that phase is being transferred onto an object, seemingly bringing it to life.

– Laura Skocek, 2010


Material and room concept in cooperation with Lena Schwentenwein



We live in the age of the quantified self. Physiological data is recorded over periods of time, the evaluation and interpretation is done by machines.

Electroencephalography and imaging methods are used to measure patterns in brain activity during cognitive processes or affective states. Bionic limbs, deemed Science Fiction not so long ago, can be controlled via EEG-based technology.

The translation of thoughts into the physical world seems to be close at hand.

How does an object behave that is being fed with data derived from brain activity measurement results?

The installation sentient (being) is a result of artistic research delving into that question.

Knitted tubes in combination with modular parts made of steel wire shape an irregularly textured, dynamic body that is adapted to the Schauraum Angewandte. The motion dynamics are algorithmically arranged impulses, derived from measurements of a physiological rhythm.

Laura Skocek went to a sleep lab in order to identify her cognitive imprint during the phase between sleep and wakefulness.


August, 5th- September, 25th 2010, 10am – 10pm,

Angewandte Showroom, MQ Vienna, Electric Avenue

Finissage: Sept. 23rd, 19h


sponsored by TU Graz E-Power Racing



Flickr Set


Thanks to: Robert Brenn, Wolfgang Fiel, Christoph Gruber, Hedy Howe, Lydia Lindner, Christian Löw, Lukas Raschendorfer, Laura Russo, Ruth Schnell, Veronika Schnell, Senf TV, Robert Skocek, Doris Skocek, Verena Skocek and many more

Schauraum Digitale Kunst

broadcast media sculptures

In 2009 participation at „Broadcast Media Sculptures„, an EU-project organised by Radio Orange 94.0 in collaboration with other stations in Amsterdam, Budapest, Sofia and London.



Residency at Radio 94.0: development of a radio program, video installations and a performance with Christine Schörkhuber, Marianna Tscharkwianni and Barbara Kaiser

The four artists were invited to develop an artwork dealing with the future of mass media. The approach was an intended reduction of stimuli and the main work consisted of three radio broadcasts titled: „Der Erhalt der Stille“ (engl.: The Preservation of Silence) where the emergency program of the radio station was tricked. As soon as there is no sound on air this mechanism will play music. The artists managed to preserve the silence and to stop it by producing minimal sounds at the onset of the program.
During the second broadcast „Die Utopie der Stille“ (engl.: The Utopia of Silence) the possibilties of silence were discussed and during the third „Epochale Klänge“ (engl.: Epic Sounds) types of background noise were played that might have been perceived as silence (or rather not perceived) during specific epochs.

The first broadcast was repeated under the title „EngineNoSound“ on Ö1 radio in 2012.


U4 from viablethings on Vimeo.


Mind Out!

Animated music video

Year: 2008

Duration: 3’30“

In collaboration with Jennifer Biechele

Produced for the 10th anniversary of the female:pressure network (featuring female artists in electronic music, visual and performing arts).


Music by Belgian musician Chez Debs
Starring actress Schirin Charlot & Potatozilla
Distributed by hardwax Berlin

Portfolio // Laura Skocek