«AFTERLIFE» av MARTINKA BOBRIKOVA & OSCAR DE CARMEN

Afterlife (2015)

Afterlife, proof of life after death and other related critical concepts, such as the purpose of life and reincarnation of overproduction of food from supermarkets. The project offers the possibility to use expired food in energy production. As part of our process, we developed a pilot project where we observed that fruits and vegetables produce small amounts of electricity through an electrochemical reaction. This was achieved by inserting two different types of metal, copper and zinc, in each of the fruits in the installation. These fruits produce small amounts of electricity when they are connected in series and operate a small screen. From this moment our focus was aimed at finding ways of putting conservation of energy into practice; this is first law of thermodynamics, which states that energy can not be created or destroyed, only transferred from one form to another. Thus, our installation is also a way to visualize an analogue synthesis, where energy is transferred from fruit and vegetables to small plasma screen, creating a symbiosis. The installation is conceived as a social critique of the existing consumer society and a proposal for an alternative and further use of fruit and vegetables, which are regarded as superfluous and unsellable by supermarket chains. The project and the re-search was developed through several years (2010-2015) in different forms and was shown as solo exhibition in Carl Berner Projektrom 2015, ANX/ Atelier Nord 2014, Galleri Blunk 2014 and Space Gallery in Bratislava 2010; and part of festival such as DATACITY. AMBER’10. Sanat Limani, Istanbul 2010, PIKSEL10. USF in Bergen 2010, among others.

Martinka Bobrikova & Oscar de Carmen

We work around the idea of an open interaction with the art world beyond the dialogue of what can be considered institutional or not, to see our artistic practice as a single space of coexistence and confluence. We believe that this context is emerging as one of the only exchanging environments to promote social transformation. This approach allows us to critically investigate our roots and social habits, questioning the mechanisms and contexts which creates powerful current systems of values.

Our vision is to show an analysis of the synergy between the economic system and the drift of current biocenosis, aiming at the creation of new social ecosystems by intervening on the border between art and topical issues of contemporary life in order carry out a proposal between the transient and the utopian.

Inside the contextualization of our art practice our work has been governed by sound. We investigate various sound processes that lead us to develop our practice in sound experimentation as a resource for the realization of sound installations, live performance, interventions and objects. Our field of work effects from composition to sound objection format to visualize the work.

Most of our projects have been created in the urban space, a situation where we use as sound interventions to raise other symbolic and emotional values around the metropolitan area. We use this juxtaposition soundscape through the implementation of digital sounds to deconstruct and transform the situation by creating a transparent virtual sound reality.

www.bobrikovadecarmen.org

 

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