Artistic Directors: Joel Ong, Elaine Whittaker

Graphic Design Programming: Natalie Plociennik, Bhavesh Kakwani

AR development: Sachin Khargie, Ryan Martin, Racelar Ho

Bioartists: Roberta Buiani, Nathalie Dubois Calero, Sarah Choukah, Nicole Clouston, Jess Holz, Mick Lorusso, Maro Pebo, Felipe Shibuya

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Proximial Space

A multi-modal exhibition that explores the environment at multiple scales in concentric circles of proximity to the body, inspired by Edward Hall’s 1961 notation of intimate (1.5ft), personal (4ft), social (12ft) and public (25ft) spaces in his “Proxemics” diagrams. 

It begins in the void, understood paradoxically as an empty space and a portal for growth. Hospitable conditions on an empty petri dish facilitate the growth and visualization of microbial colonies. Similarly, the empty spaces around us have become breeding grounds for non-human communities. The images in the mural are algorithmically attached to faces of Penrose tiling, perhaps highlighting the ways that capturing the post-perspectival scale of the invisible is both a mysterious and impossible task; and the ways that recursion and repetition are central to how the infinitely small may give rise to the beautiful world around us.

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In addition to the mural, an Augmented Reality application reveals otherwise invisible digital microbes that have grown and thrived in situ, within rooms and spaces that have been largely devoid of human presence this past year.  Joel Ong, Racelar Ho and Sachin Karghie  collected data on ambient air movements, temperature and other interesting changes using a sensor-equipped IoT devices. The AR app is a speculative visualization of possible organisms that may thrive in situations and spaces devoid of human contact by working with data collected across the Fields’ physical spaces.  These “creatures” based on initial drawings by Whittaker will come alive when using the app.

The team will continue to develop the App, working to create generative content through real-time and multi-location data processing. 

The team will continue to develop the App, working to create generative content through real-time and multi-location data processing.

Proximal Fields at Ars Electronica Gardens – [ANTI]DISCIPLINARY TOPOGRAPHIES


ARS ELECTRONICA 2021 

Opening Time    8 - 12  Step, 2021