React the Void

Interactive installation
7 x 8 x 0,70 m



A reflection about the relationship stress-reaction in collective dynamics, through an installation in which individual elements are joined in various epicenters interconnected into a single global system.
The variety of possible interactions between the individual parts is driven by pressure changes and causes a continuous and unpredictable transformation of the whole organism.

The breaking point is watched by 3 units that constantly monitor the pressure of the circuits. The rhythmic "breathing" of the gloves which inflate and deflate creates a carpet sound that emphasizes the emotional component of anxiety.

In collaboration with BTF Gallery

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The installation covers an area of approximately 8x7m and is composed by polyethylene tubes connecting about 400 latex gloves that branch off into space from 3 control units.

Each unit consists of arduino, servo motors, valves and sensors that controls the amount of air flowing through the pipes and gloves.
The control devices are contained within transparent acrylic boxes in order to make visible the operations, as a conceptual integrated part of the work.

The installation is developed as a kind of space mapping in which tubes bundles connecting and radiate from 8 various epicenters created by the intertwining tubes which at these points rise to a higher density of gloves.

The gloves are inflated or deflated at different times in order to give life to pulsing morphology in continuous metamorphosis in which the individual elements act and interact with each other, sometimes squeezing and pushing one another, sometimes fitting the space in a more coordinated and harmonious way.

Interview by Chiara Canali - Espoarte 2011 (italian)