Dialéctica is an installation that allows an audiovisual dialogue to be generated between two computers, using the genetic data of the authors, Fernando Velázquez and Julià Carbonera. In a dark room, two projectors bring both matrices to life, generating audiovisuals that allow the genetic information to be displayed on graphs. The communication generated by the two computers bases its code on the discovery of the vulnerabilities of the other, where these are defined by traces of biological illness in the DNA of the artists. It is a generative game and ends when one of the computers collapses, giving way to a new game and restarting the data generation and exchange process. Dialéctica aims to offer a visual interpretation of the genetic code by analysing and transcribing it as synthetic code, generating a visual language that will allow the spectator to witness the process. The piece reflects on ethical issues that stem from the alarming trend in which access and manipulation of personal data has become a normal and accepted process.
About the authors
Fernando Velázquez (Montevideo, Uruguay – 1970) has lived and worked in Sao Paulo, Brazil, since 1997. He is a professor of fashion, art and culture at the SENAC fashion faculty. He specialised in video and on-line/off-line digital technology at the MECAD, Barcelona. He graduated in Multimedia Design at the Faculdade Senac de Comunicação e Artes. He has studied at the European Mobile Lab for Interactive Media Artists – Athens University (Greece), the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Austria) and the University of Lapland (Finland). Solo exhibitions include: 2009. Galeria dos Arcos – Usina do Gasómetro, Porto Alegre, 2009 /2008. Programa Anual de Exposições do Centro Cultural São Paulo. / 2008. Cero Uruguayo, Programa Plataforma do Centro MEC, Montevidéu – Uruguai. / 2007. Curadoria Ezequiel Steinman, Museu de Arte de Ribeirão Preto, Sao Paulo.
Joint exhibitions inlcude the Thessaloniki Exhibition (Greece – 2009); Madeira Exhibition (Portugal – 2008); Poéticas da Natureza, Olhar de Artista, MAC – Museu de Arte Contemporânea (Sao Paulo – 2008); Optica Festival en la “Nuit Blanche”, Instituto Cervantes de Paris (France – 2008); Óptica – Festival Internacional de Vídeo de Gijón (Spain, 2007); Pocket Film Festival – Forum des Images, Centre Pompidou, Paris (France – 2007); Amsterdam Film Experience. Het Ketelhuis, Amsterdam (Holland – 2006).
Julià Carboneras Girgas (Figueras, Spain, 1980) lives and works in Barcelona. She graduated in Telecommunications Engineering, specialising in sound and image, from the University of Ramon Llul. Her dissertation was: Development of real-time audio software: platform, drivers and latency. Between 2002 and 2003, she specialised in musical electronics in the acoustic department of the La Salle engineering college, investigating sound synthesis implementing a modular synthesiser. She has advanced knowledge of robotics, MAX/MSO Jitter, Flash, PHP and other programming languages.
In 2008, she took part in a piano, electronic music and Flexo lighting (www.flexo.tv) show, creating and programming an interactive installation based on laser pointer tracker software to create digital graffiti (2008 OFFF Festival in Lisbon). In 2007, she created, produced and programmed an interactive multi-touch desk with an artificial vision system to open the Caixaforum Madrid. In 2004, she composed the music for the “Duet” show by the Playground company, and performed it live at the Escena Abierta festival in Burgos.
She won the 2006 FAD Sebastià Gash Award for show of the year with the theatre company Playground. She won the 2005 Lleida Artes Escénicas Award for best project with the Playground theatre company and the 2004 Incubadora Grant from the 2004 Olot Panorama festival for the project Dianoia.