Come and play at Experimenta Recharge: now open at RMIT Gallery

Paranoia, 2010, reactive sculpture 15 x 11 x 20 cm by Anaisa Franco. Photo by Vicki Jones Photography, RMIT Gallery, 2014.

Paranoia, 2010,
reactive sculpture
15 x 11 x 20 cm by Anaisa Franco. Photo by Vicki Jones Photography, RMIT Gallery, 2014.

Today at RMIT Gallery something has been screaming non stop – it’s Anaisa Franco reactive sculpture “Paranoia” and the Experimenta Recharge audience are delighting in standing close and watching (and hearing) those false teeth scream!

The screaming (and laughing) teeth are part of the Brazilian artist’s Psychosomatic series: Paranoia (2010), Frustration (2012), and Emanating Happiness (2014); reactive sculptures that create an endless loop of emotional responses between her artworks and audience.

Inspired by psychology, dreams and the possibilities inherent in DIY electrical engineering, Anaisa animates objects with behaviours and feelings to blur the boundaries between body, mind and machine. Each electronic sculpture embodies a particular emotion and highlights the potential of the digital to reconnect us with latent human emotions and the potential uses of digital interfaces.

‘Paranoia’ is one of three of Anaisa’s artworks on display at the 6th International Biennial of Media Art at RMIT Gallery until 21 February 2015…and yes, it screams.

Artist Ei Wada plays with Anaisa Franco's sensitive sculpture  'Frustration' at Experimenta Recharge.

Artist Ei Wada plays with Anaisa Franco’s sensitive sculpture ‘Frustration’ at Experimenta Recharge. Photo by Vicki Jones Photography, RMIT Gallery, 2014.

A little more quiet is Frustration 2012, a sensitive sculpture. Anaisa, who was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and lives Berlin, Germany, works with robotics and low-fi electronics to produce interactive sculptures and installation that connect mechanical processes with the subconscious human mind. At the Experimenta Recharge opening weekend arts seminar, Anaisa talked about the role of the body as a holder of knowledge and memory in her work. With a mother who is a psychologist, Anaisa said she naturally gravitated to the ideas arising from psychology for inspiration in her artwork.

Anaisa Franco's Emanating Happiness 2014, interactive sculpture, wood, LED neon flex. Image: Vicki Jones Photography, RMIT Gallery, 2014.

Anaisa Franco’s Emanating Happiness 2014, interactive sculpture, wood, LED neon flex. Image: Vicki Jones Photography, RMIT Gallery, 2014.

Anaisa’s work Emanating Happiness, 2014 is an interactive sculpture that generates an exuberant and colorful light wave when people walk on it. The work is part of Psychosomatic Series.

It has been developed during an artist in residence program at Creative and Cognition Studios, University of Technology, Sydney, November, 2014, as part of the EMARE AUS CDN Move On Exchange (European media artists in residence in exchange with Australia and Canada). This program is supported by the Culture 2013 Programme of the European Commission and the Goethe Institute.

Anaisa has a Master in Digital Art and Technology at University of Plymouth in England and graduated in Visual Arts at FAAP in Sao Paulo. She has been exhibiting internationally around the world.

Anaisa Franco's Emanating Happiness 2014, interactive sculpture, wood, LED neon flex. Image: Vicki Jones Photography, RMIT Gallery, 2014.

Anaisa Franco’s Emanating Happiness 2014, interactive sculpture, wood, LED neon flex. Image: Vicki Jones Photography, RMIT Gallery, 2014.

A decade ago, Anaisa revealed to an art magazine her dream of one day creating a biological
species of robots. “The central idea would be to produce beings that were self-programmed, self-developed, self-reproducing, beings that lack patterns and rules to control them. I would…build an alive house, where all inanimate things would be alive and genetically modified. In this new world new forms of life could evolve.” With her interactive sculptures at Experimenta Recharge, it is possible to see how the artist has pursued an aspect of that dream.

Exhibition: Experimenta Recharge: 6th International Biennial of Media Art

Artist: Anaisa Franco

Works: Psychosomatic series: Paranoia (2010), Frustration (2012), and Emanating Happiness (2014)

Venue: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Dates: Now showing until 21 February 2015

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