In this project, living and artificial sensors detect fart-related gaseous compounds in the air of the exhibition venue.
Living sensors are the genetically modified bacteria (species TBD). Artificial sensors include several types of calibrated single- and multi-channel gas sensors. The concentration of nitrogen, hydrogen, methane, and hydrogen sulfide is measured relative to their ratios in the average composition of human fart. Detected values are represented in real time through statistical data, abstract generative animations, and generative sound which can be music or human breathing whose loudness and depth/intensity reflects the density of detected compounds.
The project is rendered in two steps: speculative phase (ongoing) defines the structural, formal and functional aspects which will be implemented in the practical/performative phase.
Equality reverse-engineers the veneer of pseudo-elitist blasé, arrogance and pretentiousness which permeate the public events of mainstream contemporary art (MCA) such as exhibition openings, auctions, press conferences, etc. Artists bear significant responsibility for facilitating and legitimizing these social spectacles of deceit and self-deception by providing the contents and, together with the audience, by complacent participation. Elitist tendencies of the art world are not surprising in view of the hypothesis that the arts, among other elements of human culture, have evolved as a suite of virtue signaling adaptations for sexual selection and social competition (Miller 2001). However, it may be reasonable to expect that the insights about complex, inconsistent and often conflicted incentives of human nature should inform our self-consciousness to upgrade the MCA’s public enterprises into more inclusive and ultimately more humane forms of cultural exchange and communication.
Equality relates to my works Dog Life Days (1997) and Thalassa (1998), and connects creatively with the work of Norwegian artist Sissel Tolaas, with Cloaca project (1997-2007) by Wim Delvoye and with later works such as Selfmade (2013) by Christina Agapakis and Sissel Tolaas, and Labor (2019) by Paul Vanouse.
Agapakis, Christina. 2013. “Selfmade.” Christina Agapakis’ website. https://www.agapakis.com/work/selfmade.
Delvoye, Wim. 1997-2007. “Cloaca.” Wim Delvoye’s website. https://wimdelvoye.be/work/cloaca/.
Grba, Dejan. 1997. “Dog Life Days.” Dejan Grba’s website. https://dejangrba.org/art-projects/en/1997-dog-life-days/index.php.
Grba, Dejan. 1998. “Thalassa.” Dejan Grba’s website. https://dejangrba.org/art-projects/en/1998-thalassa/index.html.
Miller, Geoffrey. 2001. The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature, 258-291. New York: Anchor Books/Random House, Inc.
Sandyrb. 2010. “Revolting Flatulence Sample Pack.” Freesound website. https://freesound.org/people/sandyrb/packs/6973/.
Vanouse, Paul. 2019. “Labor.” Paul Vanouse’s website. https://www.paulvanouse.com/labor.html.