Interactive Still Life

“Unlike the mastering subject of geometrical perspective, the subject who encounters light is not in control.” Prof. Ruth Iskin
By allowing each of the elements of the Interactive Still Life  to be a light source, Jeanne Bloch imagines a world free from sujet-object relations - a world consisting only of subjects. In contrast to a geometrical perspective that gives sovereign power to one subject, her proposal explores a world without a focal point. This world includes the visitor and conceives light as a relational material, valuing decentralized distribution and relations in place of hierarchal systems.

Interactive Still Life connects fruits, vegetables, humans (audience) and technological objects through a same electrical circuit. The interactive installation is activated via the veggies conductivity properties (water) as well as human bodies (using capacitive sensors) thanks to the collaboration with Jonathan Perret, software performer. Very small low emission lights are embedded into some of the Still Life fruits and vegetables and possibly “into” some of the visitors which are offered to wear a lighting garment. When visitors touch one of the veggie, another produce lights up the scene. As a result, visitors create an immersive Still Life which they are part of.

Bloch collaborated with Céline Verchère, CNRS researcher and innovation sociologist, Sherbrooke University at Carrefour Numérique/Cité des Sciences in Paris. By examining Bloch’s Still Life interactions with the Cité des Sciences’ audience,  they explored how the artist inner self engagement in the creation process relates to climate change mitigation and exposed the characteristics of the dialogue an artist engages in with an “immersed” audience. See published article and Conference Paper at CHI 2018.

Shows and residences include: 104, Paris, Cité des Sciences Paris, le Shadok Strasbourg, Musée des Arts et Métiers, BCG Paris, CHItaly - Bolzano University, Institut Français, Milano

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