Friday 1st of July 2016
The piece I will be presenting at MoCA will be a sculptural interactive installation, which will react to the presence of the audience in the Pavilion and, when touched by people, it will conduct a choir of three Chinese opera singers. The choir will sing numbers, which will be extracted in real time from a database containing the forecast of the Shanghai Stock Exchange (Index).
Shanghai hosts one of the largest Stock Exchanges of China, together with Shenzen and Hong Kong. The artwork will be a site specific installation: it will be comprised of a structure built in extruded aluminium and panels or flags, made out of neoprene coupled with jersey.
The panels will be screenprinted with Bare Electric Paint; a conductive paint that allows to transform non conductive surfaces, into sensing components.
So far I have used the paint and a good selection of conductive materials, ranging from copper, to steel and aluminium on a range of supports; and as my background is in printmaking, I have been working mainly with screenprinting such paint on paper.
This time, also thanks to the skills of the great talented printer Faye McNulty, I will try to achieve similar if not better results on the neoprene, quite an unusual surface to work with.