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sentient (being)

We live in the age of the quantified self. Physiological data is recorded over periods of time, and its evaluation and interpretation is carried out with the help of 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 manoeuvred via EEG-based technology. The translation of thoughts into the physical world seems to be within reach.
So how does an object behave that is being fed with data derived from the result of brain activity measurement?
The installation sentient (being) is a result of artistic interrogation into that type of questioning.
Knitted tubes in combination with modular parts made of steel wire shape an irregularly textured, dynamic body that is adapted to the Showcase. 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 fingerprint during the phase between sleep and wakefulness.
Solo exhibition:

2010 Media Showcase: sentient (being) (Electric Avenue/quartier 21/MQ Vienna)

Year

2010

Idea & concept

Laura Skocek

Material & room concept

Laura Skocek Lena Schwentenwein

Technical consulting

Lukas Raschendorfer

Special thanks

Robert Skocek, Christoph Gruber, Christian Löw, Veronika Schnell, TU Graz E-Power Racing

Curated by

Ruth Schnell, Lydia Lindner

Category
Installation