LABoral opens Feather Tales II, an installation by Ricardo O’Nascimento and Ebru Kurbak, on Thursday 25

The work has been produced by the Centro de Arte following the residency of the artists selected in the call ‘Projects Office’ call

Published: Oct 18, 2012
LABoral opens Feather Tales II, an installation by Ricardo O’Nascimento and Ebru Kurbak, on Thursday 25

Ricardo O’Nascimento and Ebru Kurbak work on the production of 'Feather Tales II'. PHOTO: LABoral/Sergio Redruello

On Thursday 25, LABoral opens Feather Tales II, an installation by the Brazilian artist Ricardo O'Nascimento and Turkish artist Ebru Kurba. The piece is a work in progress by both creators which uses clothing items as a form of communication and projection, placing them at the core of research work which links design and fashion.

The installation produced by O’Nascimento and Kurbak during their artist residencies this summer at LABoral is a  sensitive and interactive environment that arose from an imaginary scenario in which a secretive dialogue between electromagnetic waves and their material surroundings becomes vaguely visible, and consequently captivating. The surfaces in the exhibition space that are covered by feathers become hypersensitive to waves emitted by mobile communication devices. Whenever electronic signals haunt the space the surfaces start to show involuntary reactions, giving visitors the opportunity to interact with the environment using their own devices.

Feather Tales II is composed of 200 reactive units that hold 1,000 white ostrich feathers distributed around the Sala Nueva (New Room) at LABoral. Each unit includes an electromagnetic signal sensor, a processor, a servo motor and some moveable feathers. When a signal is detected in the proximity of a sensor, the feathers start to flicker and move accordingly.

The work will be shown at the Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial in Gijón until 4 February 2013 and is one of the three works selected in the “Oficina de Proyectos” [Projects Office] call, launched by LABoral. The call for proposals included the production of two proposals by Asturian artists or residents and another one which was aimed at creators of any nationality interested in taking up an artist residency for two months at the Centre. LABoral has already exhibited the two other works selected for production: Hitos, ya nadie muere en casa [Landmarks: no-one dies at home anymore] by Eduardo Guerra and Danza infinita. Homenaje a Henrietta Lacks [Infinite Dance. A tribute to Henrietta Lacks] by Lorena Lozano.

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