Video installation. 36 4.3 inchs screen players, with 36 speakers.
36 different videos based on the render scenes of a virtual body from one month to 90 years. Screens are showing a visual data of the bone position and the coordenate changes in the mentioned period of time.
Critical text by Paul Waelder:
Pilgrim is a work composed of a series of LCD displays that split the body of a person into the 36 points that are necessary for the capture of movement and shows the coordinates of their position in a virtual space over the years. Starting from the data obtained in a simulation of a human body that grows from its birth and is transformed until the moment of its death, this piece shows the coordinates in the x, y, z axes of each point and the rotation data in relationship with the central axis of the body, next to the corresponding year, in an individual display. The screens are not distributed in relation to the location of these points in a human body, but respond to a logical occupation of the space on the wall. Each display shows the information in one of the three colors assigned to the three axes (red, green or blue). After one year in the life of the simulated body, all the screens flash briefly with an intense white glow.
In this case, the identification (and reconstruction) of the body can no longer be produced from a visual form but depends on the interpretation of numerical data that are vague and incomprehensible to the human spectator but absolutely precise for the machine. The cold dissection of the body that grows, matures, deteriorates and dies is again a confrontation with our most rational facets, while reminding us, as Solimán López states, that this body once occupied a specific space. In this sense, the piece gives form to another concept proposed by Stelarc, that of the Absent Body: since the body is designed to interact with its environment, it is open towards the world and operates in relation to external stimuli. This leads us to «operate like minds,» ignoring what happens inside of us.vi A body develops and dies in Pilgrim, but does not offer us any information about its internal processes (it is a hollow body, without organs)vii, only the data of its relative position in a certain space. This is the vision of an external observer, which reduces a biological process to changes in the coordinates of a set of elements. If we try to read the numbers carefully, perhaps we can interpret the changes in the values of certain points as the development of a body from childhood to adolescence. But no matter how much we imagine and manage to extract details of the numerical values, we will be observing an empty body whose existence is reduced to the position it occupies in space. Thus represented, the body ceases to have the central role that we grant it by defining ourselves as individuals and becomes an object more of the environment, capable of being detected and measured in the same way that the 3D scanner marks the exact position of all that that surrounds it.
Keywords: visual data, data transfer, geolocation, gps, light installation, led light, motors, random system.
Coordination: Beatriz Ingelmo.