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About the project

I am currently developing a mirrored mechanical hand in collaboration with sign language interpreter Ana Valia from sign language institute Villasoles, Buenos Aires Argentina. The goal of this hand, currently in a lab stage, is to find a new way of extending hands into space and using sing language as a medium that can manipulate light, the fastest element in the universe. The sun light travelling from thousands of kilometres across space would bounce into these hands creating a new visual representation of light, offering the possibility of playing with this cosmic element.

All my projects begin with an almost dreamlike image that I explore with the help of experts from fields outside the arts. These reflective extra light hands could be used in many ways, such as bodiless hands that allow artworks to be touched with light at a museum or developing a very simple new light language that ponders touch, distance and time. There are many ways these hands can be explored inside and outside of the art world. There is a science fictional aspect to my practice that I purposely search for. My practice is an open window that welcomes the fantasy of ‘tomorrow’ in the present time.

I always found it fascinating how light can bounce from a mirror and travel in space. Light is time and time is the fabric of all communications and interactions. This investigation should definitely be led by those who wear the hand and experience its multiple possibilities. It would be thrilling to have the support to continue exploring this project and to create several hands in different colored mirrors to have them tested by sing language users. My practice is open to having others complete it. I see these hands as instruments that can be played in many ways by different people.

 

About the artist

I collaborate with experts from different fields to develop tools that modify preconceived forms of interaction between our system of beliefs and non-human entities, for example: moving like a cloud, becoming a holistic octopus, experiencing time from a turtle’s perspective, making a volcano paint or hearing a palm tree. I see my practice as a emotional technology built upon uncertainty which helps us explore what makes us human.