Luiz Zanotello (BR/DE) The Aerographer

Kinetic installation, critical media; 2016 / 2017

The Aerographer maps the air to establish a subtle territory. The kinetic installation measures the airflow at different locations, and translates their differences to the mechanical motion of an array of nodes. The nodes travel on different axes of shifting connected lines, thus unfolding a networked cartography of the air in constant adaptation and change. The installation explores the chaotic behavior of the air in unfolding an unstable tangible map of a fictitious territory, and deals spatially with the uncertainty that arises from a space of constantly shifting boundaries that react with the air.

The work explores the spatial anxieties deriving from the perception of differences and the establishment of relative boundaries at times of ubiquitous technological mediation and accentuated societal uncertainties. It addresses the question: what is it like to live in airlike times, when everything is transparent, and no ground lingers? By intertwining a narrative of a system seeking to sustain a place inside of the clouds, the project speculates about how the contemporary digital utopias of network and information may be shifting towards the turbulent tensions between materiality and boundaries, orientation and borders, place-making and transparency.

Conceived to be mounted temporarily and through serendipity, the installation can adapt to different spaces and situations modularly. Each module contains a fixed center part, and one to three fixed probing parts. Each probing part works with a custom-made hot-wire anemometer, constantly grasping the micro changes of temperature between itself and the center to measure airspeed. In between them, a node travels by converting the measured airspeed difference into mechanical linear motion, which shifts retractable bands that can be connected to other nodes. A map thus unfolds, from a tree-like structure of fixed parts, to a networked rhizomatic kinetic map of differential measurements.

Developed during the Masters Studies in Digital Media at the University of the Arts Bremen.

Luiz Zanotello (BR/DE)

Luiz Zanotello (1986 Jundiaí, Brazil) is an artist, designer and researcher living and working in Berlin. His work takes place within new media studies, often through the conception of new imaginaries of technology and exploring their narrative, material, and critical aspects. Through practice-based artistic research on digital materialities, he crafts electronic installations, machineries and territories for techno-imagination.

In the past he has exhibited and given talks at festivals, galleries and institutions in Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Serbia, Japan and the United Arab Emirates; as well as worked with multiple studios within the design and technology sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Design degree from the São Paulo State University (UNESP) obtained in 2012, and a Master of Arts degree in Digital Media from the University of the Arts Bremen obtained in 2017. He is currently an Assistant Professor for New Media at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK).