Diver is a trans-disciplinary interactive installation presenting multiple subjective points of view captured by the body of an Olympic diver, executing different dives. These dives are shown via a digital apparatus that integrates the aesthetic choices of the viewers in real-time.
The visual, audio and biometric data collected from the diver’s body constitutes the basic material for the installation, adaptable to three formats: an immersive fulldome scenario; dynamic or multi-screen projection in a gallery setting; a giant urban screen. By moving about or by using their smart-phones, visitors and passersby modify the simultaneously-transmitted viewpoints, changing their sequence, transforming and recombining them, drastically slowing them down or speeding them up. The orchestration of these mobile, dynamic viewpoints offers as many possibilities for visual compositions as there are diving figures. In collaboration with other viewers, the participants become the co-authors of an augmented, utopical work.
In Diver, positioning and tracking technology separates the components of the action, then recombines them in various layers to create relationships between the media-created space, the recorded space, and the real space. The generic athletic body is made accessible to the non-athletic bodies of the viewers, via their physical involvement.
This work reflects the tension between representation and performance, between the organic and the mechanical, and between the centralization of control and its apportionment. The central question is, what becomes of this body? The repeated image sequences of the dive transform it into an inextricable post- human machine. A hyper-networked-body, encased in environments both immediate and distant; a social and autopoeitic entity revealing cyber-kinesthesia, that allows us to see other possibles.
Divers: Judith Flores, Adrià Garcia Closa
- Publication in the book: Digital Synesthesia - A Model for the Aesthetics of Digital Art
A Co-production with the Digital Synesthesia Group.