KARINA SMIGLA-BOBINSKI

Simulacri
file festival

“Simulacri” è un arrangiamento sperimentale optophysical. Al centro ci sono quattro pannelli per monitor LCD, assemblati sotto forma di un quadrato cavo e installati all’altezza degli occhi al centro della stanza. L’insieme appare internamente sventrato, ricoperto di vegetazione e abbracciato. Un groviglio di cavi e dispositivi di controllo si riversa al centro della riversa. Tutt’intorno diverse lenti d’ingrandimento pendono da catene. Il raggio abbagliante senza immagini dei monitor sembra come se le immagini fossero cadute da loro. Ciò che rimane è l’essenza del mezzo: la luce. È un’esperienza impressionante e meravigliosa quando le immagini appaiono improvvisamente dal bianco puro al semplice sguardo attraverso una pellicola apparentemente trasparente. Ma se giri l’obiettivo davanti ai tuoi occhi, la struttura polarizzante della pellicola crea sbalzi di colore o addirittura immagini negative complementari.

Whyixd

Through the Membrane
We define the space around us by observing and perceiving light and shadow. That is to say, our perception shapes our basic understanding of this sensory world, and hence the “reality” we believe in. If our experiential knowledge and awareness of space are challenged, would our definition of a “real phenomenon” also be changed? Through the Membrane utilizes optical polarizers to change how light passes through space. The installation does not rely on any electromechanical devices. Simply with creative use of material and structure, it presents a super-sensory experience in space where reality and illusion are inextricably juxtaposed.

Helene Steiner

Project Florence
Plants synthesize a very large amount of information via electrical and chemical signals and deliberately make changes to themselves, their neighbors and the land nearby for their benefit. This signals caused by cell depolarization through ions fluxes such as K + , Ca2 + , H + , Na + , and Cl alert the whole plant for localized stimuli, such as biotic and abiotic stress and are one of the most universal properties of living organisms. In project Florence we take advantage of the sensibility of plants to different light frequencies and use it to trigger a plant response through manipulation and compare the similarities between plants and natural language processes.

KARINA SMIGLA-BOBINSKI

SIMULACRA
file festival

“SIMULACRA” is an optophysical experimental arrangement. At its heart are four LCD monitor panels, which are assembled in the form of a hollow square, and installed at eye level in the middle of the room. The ensemble appears internally gutted, overgrown and embraced. A tangle of cables and control devices pours out of the middle of the square. All around it several magnifying lenses dangle from chains. The imageless glaring ray of the monitors looks as if the images had fallen out of them. What remains is the essence of the medium: Light.It is an impressive, wondrous experience when images suddenly appear from the pure white by the mere glance through a seemingly transparent film. But if you turn the lens in front of your eyes, the polarizing structure of the film creates wild color shifts or even complementary negative images.

Vincent Callebaut

Венсаном Калебо
Mangrove Towers

as the name indicates, the design of ‘mangrove towers’ references the shape and form of the distinctive tree. to be built at paris’ busy gare du nord railway station, the structures will accommodate a mixed program of offices, hotels and housing dedicated to international and traveling customers. the station’s platforms will be full of piezoelectrical captors polarizing under the action of the mechanical constraints generated by its inhabitants. the tubular façades will be composed of grätzel cells forming a photo-electrochemical skin.