We live in times where decisions that strongly affects our
lives are taken by leaders and corporations looking mostly
for their own wellness. Unemployment rates are high, inequality
indices are increasing all over the world but the earnings of
the bank system are always getting better.
People from all over the world are starting to rise their voice,
and when they talk they became visible. Their problems are seen by
others producing a mirror effects that remembers other historical
social fights from the past.
Slave of your words is a sequence of software mirrors activated by sound.
The image captured with a webcam is re-draw using the audio information
from a microphone. This installation explores the possibilities of
transcoding audio and video signals in real time.
Aural and visual information are radically different.
While images persist and have a place in space, sounds are volatile
and they just fade out on the air. In “Slave of your words” those
characteristics are transmuted. Images of the world are only present
when there is sound getting into the microphone. They became volatile.
Sound now has a spatial representation and the identity of different
sounds is part of this spatial information.
Our life on earth would not be possible without plants. Plants are responsible for the presence of oxygen in our atmosphere. Plants can produce their own food and they can live without animals but animals cannot survive without plants. We and all the other animals are in some way parasites of the plants. Our insignificance as specie is revealed when we compare ourselves, our size or our life span with giant trees that have been on this world for thousands of years.
"Herbaceous" is a real time installation that metaphorically remember us the importance of the vegetable kingdom. We are erasing our own existence when we take away the plants. It is also an exploration on parallel narratives, how to use an image to draw another one? This installation was presented on the Prospectives 12 International Festival of Digital Art - University of Reno Nevada in 2012, and at Digital Latin America 2014 in Albuquerque NM, where it was selected to be used for promotional materials and the cover of the program and catalog.
Ant Theater is a real time installation that explores two different scales of narrative. At a small scale the installation is a window to the universe of a group of ants. At a global scale the installation is a mirror that recreates our image.
The installation is an invitation to the spectator to reflex on how many small efforts are behind the construction of the image that we have of ourselves. How many people is involved in the fabrication of our commodities?. Do we care of them as individuals or just as a piece of the gear? Ant colonies are intriguing, it is always amazing to see that individuals behave as if the colony was a thinking organism. They also show how from a small set of local rules applied by independent individuals complexity can emerge. "Ant Theater" was exhibited in Currents 2013, The Santa Fe International New Media Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 2013.
In "I am not me without my coffee" the face of the observer is recreated by the bubbles in a coffee cup.
It represents the duality on the dependence on stimulant substances. Consumers need them to function but there is also a economic dependence on the side of the producers. Coffee is a good example, the need of caffeine in the rush of modern society in on hand and on the other hand the impact of the price of coffee grains for the producing countries. Eduardo Galeano in his classic but always relevant book: "Open veins of Latin America" mentions the high correlation between the rate of weddings in the coffee zones and the international price of coffee.
(Project Engineer, Infrared and 3D Visualization)
"We are Stardust" is a two-screen projection installation by George Legrady. One screen shows an animation of the sequence of NASA sky observations from 2003 to the present through the Spitzer Space Telescope, the other screen is a nonlinear distortion of the image of an infra-red camera on the gallery ceiling.
This project was presented at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California and was also
part of the CODE LIVE exhibition at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010.
More information about this project can be found in George Legrady's website.