Interactive installation using physiological data and its visual interpretation as input, as part of a narrative concerning the relationship between humans and the natural environment. In a world where the IoT becomes a part of any type of relationship, Somatizing Objects explore a scenario where technology becomes an invisible guide for behaviours and physiological states, where the dynamics between control and a lack thereof urges us to question our capacity to act upon the world, upon nature, other species, and the biases originating therein. From a technical standpoint, Somatic Objects are bodily extensions which monitor visitors’ pulse, transferring that information (via Arduino) to a series of sculptures which respond and adapt in real time. This transferal of physical states or characteristics seeks to present a speculative version, whereby the relationship between humans and nature is dependent upon constant exchange and negotiation, which might be imperceptible at times, yet are always one-to-one.
This project is part of the national cultural programme "Timișoara – European Capital of Culture in the year 2023" and is funded by the City of Timișoara, through the Center for Projects.