[ISEA2017] Paper: Clarissa Ribeiro — Bag-Bug: Adaptive Horizontal Transfer


Keywords: Horizontal Gene Transfer (HGT), Bioart, Biocreation and Heritage, Metagenomics, Helio Oiticica, B50 Bólide Saco 2 Olfático.

Integrating biological data and phenomenon in the creative process, and proposing a transversal reflection considering the sub- themes for ISEA 2017, “Bag-Bug: Adaptive Horizontal Transfer” is an invitation to reflect on the intersections between biocreation and heritage from a cross-scale perspective. Beyond media, does bioart have the capacity to preserve heritage? The ongoing project is a tribute to the Brazilian artist Helio Oiticica’s work “B50 Bo´lide Saco 2 ‘Olfa´tico’ (1967; plastic, and coffee)”, consisting of a series of apparatus designed as ‘performatic-lab-experiments’ exploring genetic information horizontal transfers due to the eventual molecular scale superficial ontaminations / transferences. Customized sleeping bags made of plastic, coffee beans and electronics (sensors, microcontroller and displays) – and the whole body of someone from the audience gets involved in a cross-scale conversation that can potentially consists in a “Horizontal Gene Transfer Session (HGTS)”!

  • Clarissa Ribeiro, CrossLAB director, Architect, Media Artist, and Researcher, teaching experimental design strategies in Architecture for first and final year students in Brazil, where I’m the director of the CrossLab research group and the LIP – Lab for Innovation and Prototyping at the University of Fortaleza. As an independent artist, I’ve been producing and exhibiting experimental interactive installations exploring affectiveness and consciousness through metaphorical translations of micro, molecular and subatomic scale phenomena, working in collaboration with other artists, research groups and art collectives in my home country and abroad. My artistic practice is viscerally linked to my research interests that for the last 20 years have been focused in investigating and understanding the influences, connections and cross contaminations between the sciences of complexity – cybernetics, information theory, systems theory, quantum mechanics – and artistic expressions and poetics in media arts and sciences. clarissaribeiro.com

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