"Like the wasps, I feel interconnected to other species. Avispish is a possible character that lives inside me, it is the result of mixing my morphology with the devices".
Avispish is a character creation project using motion capture techniques. The artist uses the expression of her own face to give life to a digitally sculpted character of mixed genetics.
The project was born in 2022 and has been embodied 3 times so far. Its versions mutate according to the different conceptual and installation proposals of the artist and the institutions that have hosted her.
Avispish (October 2022)- 8 synchronised screens installation - Festival Bit Bang, Buenos Aires Argentina
“What does poetry say about facial capture?”
With a slightly gentle and slightly severe look, the looped faces of these creatures displayed on the screen evoke the poetic gesture a gathering of machinic affections animated by 100% human breath. A plurality of looped forms that exist only because they have been something else before.
A narrative that is constructed from the fusion of science, fiction and life and that seeks to recreate the imaginary of metamorphosis as a poetic gesture of the post-nature that we create together with living and non-living species.
The first version of the installation "Avispish" took place in 2022 during the International Festival of Animation, Video Games and Digital Art (BITBang) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with the support of British Council and Amplify DAI.
“Each screen displays an animation of a head that began as a self-portrait scanned and sculpted in 3D. In a second instance, a facial capture was made to record different human gestures and thus generate a visual narrative with multiple beings conversing with each other.”
Metamorphosis would be the engine that would allow two incompatible bodies to belong to the same individual. In this case, the nature of technology allows the generation of non-living beings animated by living beings. Here we can see a metamorphosis from a biological entity with tangible matter to a digitally animated non-living entity.
One of the most widespread techniques to create this type of simulations in recent times is motion capture. This technique allows through the sensing of the body, to give a human gesture to a machinic entity, in the act of making a metamorphosis where technology allows us to simulate another life without leaving our form. Unlike insects, these beings only exist on the virtual plane, but they allow us to test morphologies other than our own, conveyed by our body.
Text by Joaquina Salgado
Avispish (April 2023) - 4 screens installation with in-situ content - Basel, Suiza.
”AVISPISH is a multi-screen artwork featuring animated heads that have been sculpted from various individuals' facial captures. Each screen displays a different head with a range of facial expressions, creating a visual narrative of conversations. The artwork explores the theme of power dynamics and how individuals experience them differently based on their personal histories and cultural backgrounds. It also touches on the impact of digital control and the lack of data privacy on our sense of intimacy. Through anonymous storytelling, Avispish aims to convey personal experiences of these themes in an unusual way. “
“Avispish” Installation during the collective exhibition “Inherited” in Atelier Mondial
Graphic Design: Sylvan Lanz
This version of the installation is the result of explorations that took place during a three-month artistic residency in Switzerland, thanks to the support of ProHelvetia. In this case, the work is influenced by the experiences lived during this time, in particular the political events that the artist experienced together with other artists and activists in the context of the 8M demonstration.
Avispish (May 2023) - Cinema screen projection + Conversatory - Gesto digital en NAVE, Santiago de Chile, Chile.
On this occasion, Avispish was part of a solo exhibition and was projected on a giant screen.
Sound Design by Ramiro Plano
As part of the opening, the artist and the curator Cecilia Checa shared a talk with the public. Image By Vicente Palma