From indifference to cognoscence: #mapping

I am an adrenaline junkie. You would say it if you knew me. I like to try things for the first time. This time it was a video mapping.

For the "Illuminati" show, Galeria Bielska invited artist related to street art and video art to build an interactive experience where there would be no observers. When the lights on the gallery floor turned down, the installations came to life and it felt great to be one of the makers whose artworks engaged the audience.

I have been a graffiti artist for over 10 years, but my weapon of choice now is Adobe Illustrator and a block of wood. I use spray paint a couple of times a week, but it has been ages since I bombed the streets. If I record videos, I edit them and I feel good in Photoshop, but Resolume Arena and a set of sensors was a team I never kicked ball in. If you told me a few weeks ago I will use mapping to communicate my ideas, I'd say it's not quite possible.

When I was in Japan, I spend three days on Naoshima and Teshima, the art islands, where I could meditate on works of James Turrell (below), Walter de Maria and Lee Ufan. Their pieces gave me a beautiful perspective on life in general and modified my approach to consuming art. I used this inspiration to create my installation.

I came up with this concept of showing how emotions change when a person becomes more and more aquatinted with an idea or another human being. I placed five chairs in front of a form I mapped and I attached movement sensors to four of them. Each chair was related to a different feeling, so each sensor's job was to start a different video loop in the very moment when someone sat on a chair. I wanted the audience to use my installation as a personal journey into their mind where they could look at their own experience and work through it as they changed the chair and played a new video.

First chair expressed indifference, next attention, then euphoria, rationalisation and the last one, cognoscence. How often do we reflect on our feelings in such a long time span? I used visuals of paint and water, starting from flowing grey liquid, through drips of colour, mix of the paint, dance of vivid particles to calming down in the feeling of zen.

I started this post with one of my favourite words, adrenaline. This show brought me a lot of it, as it was my first time with a new tool and I would most definitely use it again. As my projects become more interactive and open for people to form them, I feel I can say more and show more. 

Autor: Gem