[ISEA2020] Paper: Reynaldo Thompson & Tirtha Mukhopadhyay — Indigenous Sentience: Fernando Palma’s electronic divinities


Keywords: Indegeneity, Phenomenology, Nahuatl, Sentience

The questions on sentience we wish to explore in this paper have reference to the issues raised in the resume for the conference. We may restate these questions here in order to drive the discussion on how Fernando Palma Rodriguez, an indigenously inspired artist fom the eco-reserve of Milpa Alta, close to the historic southern districts of Mexico City, simulates sentient machines with actuator technologies. Rarely has aristic introversion been utilized in the production of such electronic art – which could be described more precisely as arduino based intelligent puppets that are fully indigenous in their congifuration.

  • Reynaldo Thompson is professor at the Department of Art and Enterprise, Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico. He is member of the National System of Research of the National Council of Science and Technology in Mexico. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Aesthetis Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas under the direction of Dr. Richard Brettell. He had publications in international journals.
  • Tirtha Prasad Mukhopadhyay is Professor at the Department of Art and Enterprise, Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico, and Federal Research Fellow at Conacyt, Mexico. He is a transdisciplinary scholar with numerous publications from the Oxford University Press, MIT Press, and Atelier-Etno UISSP-CISENP, Italy, among others. He is Chief Editor of a Scopus indexed interdisciplinary journal called Rupkatha from 2009.