Do Not Feed The Anxiety Monster
In the two weeks of Trieste, The Unseen revealed itself as traces of the human condition, in some of the most technical environments. Post-it jokes in a genetic engineering lab, a scientist impersonating an eagle’s flight, a half-eaten sandwich in the control room of a particle accelerator and a fair amount of worry around the subject of chewing gum. In essence, we all live through the same palette of basic emotions, no matter who we are and what we do. This project aims to show how we’re all connected, through one of the states I find most interesting. Three instances of anxiety, sorted by age, and a character for each of them. On one hand, animated, on the other, arranged in a complementary composition, three creatures live their anxiety-drenched destinies. On the screen they move as they’ve been told, in frames per second. On the table, they follow other rules. Instead of frames - glazed sandstone, and instead of seconds - iron oxide and magnets. Simple physics, an almost school-like experiment.
Along a Spiral Path (Synchrotron Black)
During our visit at Elettra we had a tour of the research facility.
We were informed how the machine operates at large, being
basically a huge x-rays generator. While the machine operates
the access is restrained in certain areas due to the ionising
Therefore seemed like an interesting idea to let a few boxes of
photographic paper in such a place, where access is restricted
because of hard x-rays emissions, during a shutdown. Most
probably, the radiation will overexpose the paper.
We will find out at the next programmed shut down, when they
will be able to retrieve it. Until then this is an experiment done
in a radiology laboratory.
At Elettra we also encountered an unusual amount of
aluminium foil, being used mainly for covering the main pipe,
through which the particles are spinning.
We were told it is not for aesthetic reasons but for reflecting
heat back when the installation is in use. Nevertheless we saw
some objects modeled from aluminum foil, probably for fun or
I decided to recuperate as much foil as I could and produce an
object with it, a shiny, compressed cube.
I am building an isolated environment; A room (space) with and inside its own mythology. In building the mythology, I turned to celtic animism. *spirits and divine beings inhabit the world - humans can establish a rapport with them; *no clear distinction between sacred and profane - rituals, offerings appear in order to maintain the balance between gods, humans and spirits; *the supernatural is integral and interwoven with the material world - harnessing the supernatural forces for the benefit of the community; *sanctuaries and sacred spaces separated from the ordinary world - local mountains, forests, the grounds that received the dead, bodies of water, bogs; There were two main ideas I chose to engage with: *The Supernatural (I like the latin form ’supra’ better); *Acknowledging natural phenomena, patterns and objects as inspirited and propitiated (ex. There is no god of thunder, but thunder itself is the ‘deity’);
I am proposing a new animism, AI nimism, which incorporates our scientific understanding of the world and AI as a supranatural force, integral + interwoven with the material world. I propose AI as a factor of emergence (emergence occurs when an entity is observed to have properties, its parts do not have on their own. These properties or behaviors emerge only when the parts interact in a wider whole. For example, smooth forward motion emerges when a bicycle and its rider interoperate, but neither part can produce the behavior on their own.)
Supernaturalizing nature leads to nature made mysterious. If we use the full power of the term nature (the natural, physical, material world or universe), it must include technology (from writing to tools to supercomputers). The systems we build, that we no longer understand, go through the same supernaturalizing process and are made mysterious, becoming supernatural.
Cosmic Medley was born based on the idea of highlighting the connection between what is seen and what cannot be seen. We invite you to take a closer look at the magnetic atmosphere created in our showcase as it presents the link between science and art. Although the viewer has the impression of something organic in the container, it is the result of carefully engineered magnetic fields.
Starting from the redshift and blueshift in the Doppler effect, our interactive installation will take you into a light and sound journey from past to future.