Patrícia J. Reis
Curation: Ruth Schnell and Tommy Schneider
Opening Exhibition: 23.03.2017, 19:00 (The artists will be present)
Duration: 24.03.2017 - 19.05.2017
Opening hours: 10:00 - 22:00
Location: Schauraum Angewandte - quartier 21 im MQ, Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 Wien
We learned to believe in machines! We enjoy believing in machines! The BMI project investigates fictional technomancy by questioning the boundaries between science, religion and magic from the point of view of the user and/or the believer. Referring to divination techniques from paganism, cabalism, and spiritual beliefs, the closed-circuit installation proposes a mechanism able of triggering and translating the behavior of a mystic object. The object is automatically reacting to questions spoken by the artist about the future. A digital program is executing the task of decoding the behavior of the object into a certain answer. The human body, the subconscious, and the mind of the believer are replaced by the automatic system of the device. The machine becomes an interface between the believers and an utopian future.
Patrícia J. Reis was born in Lisbon, Portugal, 1981. Studied Painting and Digital arts at ESAD cr. and University Lusófona [Pt] and has a PhD in Media arts from the University of Évora [Pt].
Currently lives in Vienna.
Special thanks to Daniel Schatzmeyer and Mz* Baltazar‘s Lab.
© Patrícia J. Reis