No. 216

Animalia Chordata

By : Gabriel Barcia-Colombo

Entrant’s location : United States



Animalia Chordata comes from the Latin nomenclature for human beings. Six video-projected people representing a range of typologies – from the Wall Street businessman to the precocious little girl – are “trapped” inside glass volumes of varying shapes (including a sinuous Cognac bottle and a chemistry beaker), much like insects are captured in jars. The projection through two panes of glass transforms the traditional two-dimensional video into three-dimensional holographic images. One projector concurrently plays six different videos, meticulously stitched together as a single composite video, on a ten-minute loop. In their natural state, the projected people stand, sit, waver and lean. But when they feel “threatened” by a viewer approaching the work, they react in a defensive manner.

What did you create?

Animalia Chordata is an interactive video sculpture. As a response to the pervasive capture culture we now live in where we document our entire lives digitally I created a digital collection of my actual friends. Think of it as a physical version of a social network. My friends are captured on video and kept as video sculptures but react when they sense your presence.

Why did you make it?

My work focuses on collections, memorialization and the act of leaving one's digital imprint for the next generation. My work takes the form of video sculptures, immersive performances, large scale projections and vending machines that sell human DNA. My work plays upon this modern exigency in our culture to chronicle, preserve and wax nostalgic, an idea which I render visually by “collecting” human portraits on video.

How did you make it?

The piece uses rear video projection, custom software, a kinect sensor, glass and glass treatment. I filmed my friends over time and edited the footage which is projected entirely from one projector.

Your entry’s specification

24"x 18"x 38" Weight is about 15-20 Pounds depending on the stand. The piece must be installed with a false wall where the projector is hidden behind.