Laura Skocek

sentient (being)

Ausstellungsdauer: 05.08.2010 - 25.09.2010
Öffnungszeiten: 10:00 - 22:00
Ort: Schauraum Angewandte - quartier 21 im MQ, Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 Wien


Fotocredits: Laura Skocek

Laura Skocek
Alumnus of Digital Art / University of Applied Arts Vienna

The phase between sleep and wakefulness is hardly noticed. Adventures of the last dream may still have an effect,

information bits still lingering from the hours before you fall asleep fade away.

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

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.

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