Plant, arduino, Custon GSR circuit, RGB led, Fiber opitics, Acrilic salad bowl, inverted umbrella.
Breathing is a work of art based on a hybrid creature made of a living organism (a plant) and an artificial system. The creature responds to its environment through movement, light and the noise of its mechanical parts. Breathing is the best way to interact with the creature. This work is the result of an investigation of plants as sensitive agents for the creation of art. The intention was to explore new forms of artistic experience through the dialogue of natural and artificial processes. Breathing is a pre-requisite for life, and is the path that links the observer to the creature. Breathing is a small step towards new art forms in which subtle processes of organic and non-organic life may reveal invisible patterns that interconnect us. Breathing is a work of art driven by biological impulse. Its beauty is neither found isolated on the plant nor in the robotic system itself. It emerges at the very moment in which the observer approaches the creature and their energies are exchanged through the whole system. It is in that moment of joy and fascination, in which we find ourselves in a very strange dialogue, that a life metaphor is created. Breathing is the celebration of that moment.
Guto Nóbrega is an artist with a Ph.D. in Interactive Arts from The Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth – UK, M.A in Communication from ECO – UFRJ – Brazil and Bachelor in Engraving from EBA – UFRJ – Brazil, University in which he also holds a position as Assistant Professor and coordinates the Nucleous of Art for New Organisms – NANO. His works has been presented widely in exhibitions and conferences such as: Arizona College of Fine Arts -Arizona – US, ISEA – Singapore, University of Quebec in Montreal’s Coeur des Sciences, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Sala Parpalló – Valência – Spain, LABoral – Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijon – Spain, Facultad de Ciencias Sociais y Comunicación Universidad del País Vasco – Bilbao – Spain, International Institute Of Biophysics – Neuss – Germany, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth – UK, Art Centre – Plymouth – UK, Barbican Theatre – Plymouth – UK, Cornerhouse – Manchester – UK.