uh513 (María Castellanos & Alberto Valverde)

Artist

María Castellanos (ES)
Alberto Valverde (ES)
María Castellanos and Alberto Valverde (uh513), began working together as a duo in 2009. María Castellanos is an artist and a researcher, with a PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Vigo. Alberto Valverde is an artist and technologist with experience in system design, creation of interactive environments, multimedia, and robotics. Their joint practice focuses on the relationships between human beings and machines. In recent years they have centered their research on hybridizations between cyborgs and wearables as a paradigm of the extension of human sensorial capabilities and the creation of complex systems that promote communication and understanding between humans and plants. Their work has won awards like VERTIGO STARTS (2017), a prize granted under the aegis of EU-Horizon 2020, an initiative led by Centre Pompidou and IRCAM, Paris, and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Germany, created to foster collaboration between art practitioners and research and development projects. In 2016 they were awarded the Antón Scholarship for Sculpture Research from the Museo Antón in Candás (Spain). In 2016 they were nominated for the STARTSPrize' 16 at Ars Electronica, Linz (Austria) and the Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo (Japan). During recent years they have been artists in residence at OsloMet University, in the framework of the FELT – Futures of Living Technologies project, 2019; a research stay at CITA – Center for Information Technology and Architecture, in the context of VERTIGO STARTS 2017 Copenhagen; a research residency at SoftLab at Sliperiet, Umea Universitet (Sweden); and the Next Things residency at LABoral Centro de Arte (Spain) and Telefonica I+D (Spain), 2015. Their work has been featured in a number of exhibitions, including Jardín Cyborg, at Matatero Madrid, 2019; the solo exhibition Open Environmental Kit at MUSAC – Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla & Leon, Spain, 2019; Eco-Visionaries at Hek, Basel, 2018; Look Forward Fashion Tech Festival, at La Gâite Lyrique Museum, Paris 2017; Human Factor, organized by Ars Electronica at DRIVE Volskwagen, Berlin, 2016; Ars Electronica Festival 2016, Linz; and Bozar Electronic Art Festival, Brussels, 2016. Both have been teaching at the Contemporary Art Master of the University of Vigo (Spain), and have been invited by several universities and institutions to give talks and workshops about their artistic practices.
Beyond human perception (2020)
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The artwork is a video installation that allows the audience to visualize and compare the reactions of humans and plants to a common stimulus; live music. Erasing boundaries into the
communication and understanding between both living beings and by highlighting the immediate reactions of plants to their surrounding changes. The installation is the result of several sessions where the brain activity of humans was measured, through the EEG registered wave, and measuring the electrical oscillations that are happening into the plants, measured with a sensor developed by the artists, able to detect immediate changes in plants.
Through the use of mathematics, by using the Fast Fourier Transform, humans data and plants data are able to compare each other. This data can also be displayed graphically thanks to an algorithm developed by the artists that allow the audience to see the data through the shape of little spheres that are moving within the geometric shape of torus. Each little sphere represent each data registered. The graphic representation of human data and plant data can be seen simultaneously in a video allowing the audience to find patterns by comparing the both living beings reactions to the live music.
The video installation is composed by two synchronized videos displayed facing each other. One video with the the concert for plants and humans, and the other one with the data visualization of two living beings responses during the performance.

Partner organisations: UR Institut, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial
Musicians: Pablo Luna, Vero Rubio, Chiaki Mawatari
Volunteers: Fernando González, Anibal López, Patricia Villanueva, Tamara Norniella, Gema Ramos, Karin Ohlenschläger, Román Torre, Yadhira Bartolomé, Lucía Falcón, Juan Falcón, Ana Serna, María González, Cristina de Silva, Natalia Alonso, Pablo de Soto, Noemi Iglesias

Beyond Human Perception is realized within the framework of theEuropean Media Art Platforms EMARE program at KONTEJNER, with support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Video (password required): http://vimeo.com/452541581
Professionals: for password request contact info@emare.eu

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