PLAYGROUND Presents “Asymmetric Affects” Installation by Javier Prieto X Renegade Craft 2019

In collaboration with Renegade Craft, PLAYGROUND DETROIT presents “Asymmetric Affects,” a site-specific public art installation by Javier Prieto. His work calls for being conscience about what we are part of: to break down an event (climate change, segregation, North Dakota Pipeline) into all the factors that make it manifest itself, while realizing that we as humans can only make so many decisions.

The name “Asymmetric Affects” calls this power to affect as well as to be affected is distributed unevenly throughout the assembles we are part of. The aesthetics of the installation is an ode to the Ancient Greek tradition of finding divine and beyond comprehensible qualities in matter by using polyhedra (platonic solids).

In collaboration with Renegade Craft, PLAYGROUND DETROIT presents “Asymmetric Affects,” a site-specific public art installation by Javier Prieto. Asymmetric Affects is a research-creation process for non-human politics. The Interactive installation is composed of 15 different sculpture variations of a common polygonal structure.

Inspired in the Greek schools ( Pythagoras and Plato among others ) to define the properties of matter and its relation with the macrocosmos (Kepler) with polyhedra, the seductive and charming physical forms intend to communicate structure, agency, self-organization, political responsibility and coexistence between human and non-human entities.

The pieces are placed in arrangements predefined by the artist at the beginning of each day of the exhibition. They are sensitive. They have 7 different sensors, among which are sensors of proximity, movement, temperature, sound and light. They are expressive. Using their algorithms and the external signals received in the sensors, they respond to stimuli with sound during the day and with light during the night. They are affective and social. If the entities perceive bodies near them, they will try to communicate.

When they perceive others like them, they will try to establish a link and, if they do, they will express themselves as synchronized groups or clusters. The public is allowed to rearrange the entities, affecting its previous relationships with each other when this happens. The atmospheric differences as well as the pre-defined arrangements and those made by the public will have repercussions on the communication and experience of both the work and the audience.

Javier Prieto is the Founder and president of the Laboratorio Interdisciplinario de Diseño in 2011, educational platform invested in artistic production techniques exploration and local and community-based economies stimulation. Implemented and taught a series of workshops directed to faculty members of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), encouraging more and better inclusion of technology in the classrooms.

Along a transdisciplinary background, he holds a certificate from UNAM in Philosophy, Art and Science and a specialization from the University of California, San Diego in the Internet of Things (IoT), among many workshops. With great interest in neurosciences, post-humanities and biology, he undertakes a research aimed to produce artistic work related to current socio-political contexts while challenging the role of science in the participation of their own definitions.

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