“Reiterate Actions” is a series of
five interactive audiovisual installations that have the same subject
matter in common, entitled: “Obstruir”, “Impedir”,
“Reincidir”, “Reiterar”, “Persistir”
The user has the possibility to interact with five different contexts
through five different interfaces with different volumes and each
with a different way of working.
Through the interaction of these five installations the user can
experiment with different contexts where elements are characterized
by repetitive actions. These repetitive actions can be understand
as limitations of the action, making other possible actions impossible,
which block other experiences of the user, or on the other hand,
understanding the repetition as a process of abstraction that is
not always identical, where repeating the same sequence is not possible,
generating small variations of the initial sequence, disorganizing
the initial structure, making other situations and/or contexts possible,
not as an evident action but a subtle one, for which the user will
have to be very alert.
For both sound and visual aspects these repetitions break out in
other variations as the result of the change of rhythm of the initial
repetition itself or because of the repetitive user action on the
interfaces, generating sound reverberations, vibration effects,
changes of the note, texture, etc. On a visual level there also
can be variations in the rhythm that have an effect on the position
of the elements in the “x” and “y” axle,
in some cases more evident than others. Size variations also occur,
affecting the width as much as the height.
Another attribute of these five installations is the visual and
sound limits. On a visual level there are some physical boundaries,
some perimeters that restrict repetitive elements, or continuing
to play with the two-sided nature, making possible the area of action
or translation of these elements in the time.
On a sound level these areas of action
or perimeters have associated sounds that are directly affected
according to the action of the user as well as the contribution
of the repetitive elements.
This variation on the initial structure makes other structures
possible thanks to the user actions through each of the five interfaces.
These interfaces are characterized by the material that they are
covered with: raw silk, providing a visual impact due to its texture
as well as for the combination of colours it intends to contrast.
Another important element on all these interfaces is the material
inside this silk, foam rubber. It is soft and smooth encouraging
the user to touch it without fear of being hurt.
The combination of the silk, colours and the soft material enhances
the reminiscence of childhood games and at the same time of a beauty
allowing contemplation, thus continuing with the duality of contrasts
that characterize the five installations. With the construction
of these interfaces I have tried to break away from the idea of
an interface as a separate object, a distant element of the installation
set, attempting to integrate it inside the meaning, not only on
the visual but also interaction level: the entire installation as
an essential element. Another element of all the five interfaces
is the relationship that the user sustains with the objects, which
can be violent with blows, hits, etc, forming a naughty or perverse
air together with the visual aesthetics of the piece; or the user
can handle the interface with care, increasing the component of
delicacy of the silk, favouring a more contemplative attitude.
“Obstruir”, “Impedir”, “Reincidir”,
“Reiterar”, “Persistir” deal with and promote
actions, implying time as a concept that makes repetition, variation,
destructuration, violence, perversion, contemplation, etc., possible.