This interactive audiovisual installation is a new work from the series ‘Memory of the Future: Looking to the Past Never Ends’ that includes the awarded performance “Burning the Sound” (2008) and “Inversed Metaphors” installation (2008).
In “Things to Burn” (2009) participants are asked to burn elementary 3D figurative objects until its total abstract transformation. This action is perceptually achieved by the use of fire from a regular match as interface to modulate, animate and lighten the 3D objects – as an adventures dialogue between the poetics of form. In spite of something being destroying, it is creating. The contradiction is that what is real is destroyed, but what is digital is created, and the attention goes to what is created instead what is destroyed. “Things to Burn” reverses the perception of an object being burned: When a match starts to burn and its wood is being destroyed it makes a digital shape to upsurge in an organic way. Its duration is the one of the burning match. While one grows the other decreases. The participant controls his action, but is the fire that determines the time of its experience, generating an ambiguity in the idea of a participant controlling an action.
Rudolfo Quintas (1980) is a Portuguese born visual artist, performer and interaction designer who seeks to expand the horizons and language of contemporary art. He explores domains of gesture and motion analyses, computer graphics and electronic music, often related to augmented reality. His research into the body as interface has been a fundamental element in his work frequently formalized in performance and installation art. His work is published in: ‘Younger Than Jesus: The Artist Directory’ co-published by the New Museum New York and Phaidon (2009 USA), TEDANCE book published by FMH (2009 PT), Taide Art Magazine (2009 FI), Performance Research (2007 UK) and ARTECH (2005 PT). He was awarded at Transmediale 2009, Future Places 2008, and Inter.Faces 2005 and has shown his work in conferences, major galleries and festivals in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Holland, England, Germany, Finland, Slovakia, Mexico, Turkey and the USA.