Sobra La Falta consists of two robots; the first is called “dibujante” (sketcher) and is in charge of drawing sketches on the floor using rubbish thrown on the floor by the audience. Little by little, it collects the rubbish and arranges it on the floor to create a drawing of a stickman, a “@” symbol, an arrow and other iconic symbols. When the first robot has finished drawing, the second robot, the “barredor” (sweeper), undoes the drawing by collecting the rubbish and storing it to one side. The Argentine group Proyecto Biopus questions the point of creating a work of art using technology in a country like theirs, which is financially precarious. This contradiction led them to use rubbish, the livelihood of many recyclers, who collect and sell rubbish by weight, or citizens who build houses from waste materials or even feed themselves on the food they find in the rubbish. The construction and consequent destruction of the work of art drawn on the floor refers to the consumption and recycling cycles in consumer society. Sobre La Falta metalinguistically explores the contradiction of creating art in a world with so many social problems. Art plays a dual role here: firstly, as the builder of symbols, and secondly, as the essential act of cleaning up society’s excesses.
About the authors
The Proyecto Biopus group is formed by Emiliano Causa (Multimedia artist and IT Systems Engineer), Tarcisio Pirotta (Visual Communications Designer and Multimedia Production teacher) and Matías Romero Costas (graduate in Composition, composition, harmony, counterpoint and musical morphology teacher, and Multimedia Production teacher. This group was founded in 2000 and is dedicated to interactive art using sensors and movement capture systems to create installations that react to the actions of the audience, and Net.Art works. The topics focus on biological concepts, related with the processes of living beings, such as evolution, adaptation, self-organisation and reproduction. Examples of this are their works on genetic algorithms applied to creating images that evolve according to audience input, such as Vasarely Genético (2002) or Criaturas Efímeras (2006), as well as their developments related to the simulation of viral processes in the installation Tango Virus (2005), or of ecosystems in Sensible (2007-2008). Over their artistic production career, they have investigated and developed sensors, touch sensitive screens and robots (as used in their latest work Sobra la Falta 2008). They have exhibited their work at the MALBA, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Centro Cultural Borges, Centro Cultural San Martín, MACLA (La Plata), Museo J.B.Castagnino (Rosario), and other venues. They won the New Technologies Award for the project Sobre la Falta, the Telefónica Foundation MAMBA award for Art and New Technologies, as well as an Honorary Mentions for the work Tango Virus in the Telefónica Foundation “Vida 9.0” competition, and others. Since the group was set up, it has tried to investigate the relationship between the work and the audience, generating new forms of interaction and interpretation and pursuing the dream of one day creating the “alive work”.