This project addresses the body as a high-performance machine, the ethical problematic of genetic engineering, cyborgs and the technological freedom to build ourselves as cybernetic organisms. The research behind is based on the study of consciousness, and lack of it, regarding the consequences of the anthropocentric era, the posthumanism as a form of working towards new alternatives of human conceptualization and a new ecology in the context of the current economic, political and environmental crisis.
The understanding of the material foundation of the virtual, as well as the conscious assimilation of processes and instruments of digital production in the trivia of everyday life justify, somewhat, the need to multiply and intensify the mapping and renegotiation of the operational border of the human - the body. Living Non Organic Matter is a video art installation that focuses on the defragmentation, dispersion and reconstruction of the body made possible by image capture systems, lighting devices, modeling and space. The video is based on a manipulation of a synthetic image of an anthropomorphic object, a hand, extracted from a three-dimensional digitization part of a museum collection – the roman bronze statue “The Youth of Magdalensberg”, 16th century – reflecting on ideals of representation, permeability and mutation.
Catarina Rangel Pereira (Porto, 1995) involves the study and exploration of the modified body, the conceptualization of space and the physicality of light and sound in her artistic practice, in an ethical-ontological perspective of awareness about biological and technological ecology, focusing on the creation of environments that fuse the interaction between the physical and the digital.