Name of the work: Nervous Structure
Created by: Cuppetelli and Mendoza
Artists : Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza
Country: USA and Venezuela
Where: Digital Village
You move the wall, the wall moves you
Another large work that you, the viewer, control with your movements, Nervous Structure is a collaboration from artists who are based in Detroit, Michigan, but who have exhibited all over the world.
Nervous Structure (field) is an interactive installation that consists of a wall-mounted sculpture containing hundreds of vertical and parallel lines made of elastic cord that are projected upon with a computer-generated, interactive animation of a similar number of lines. The motion of these projected lines is ruled by a simulation, which makes them act like soft ropes, and said motion is influenced by a viewer’s movements as interpreted by a computer that surveys the scene through a video camera. Thus, the physical gestures of the participant are translated into virtual forces that affect the computer-generated lines, while the physical strings of the sculpture remain motionless. The piece revolves around the idea of interface, which is interpreted as the point of contact between two different entities, and is displayed in the work in several ways: between the viewer and the piece (a human/computer interface); between the real and the virtual (the physical structure and its relationship with the projected structure); between the foreground and the background (as the projection interferes with the sculpture).
About the Artists:
Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza began collaborating as Cuppetelli and Mendoza in 2010. Based in Detroit, their work has been exhibited in the Denver Art Museum, Telfair Museums (Georgia), the Bienal de Video y Artes Mediales in Chile and in festivals such as Nemo 2013 (France), Scopitone 2012 (France), ISEA 2012 (New Mexico), FILE 2011 (Brazil), FAD 2011 (Brazil) and video_dumbo 2013 and 2011 (New York). Cuppetelli received a MFA in Fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Mendoza received a MFA in Digital + Media from the Rhode Island School of Design.