Alexandra Dementieva (Belgium)

Interactive installation, 2011
Programming and engineering by Sergey Komarov, Alexey Grachev
Breath detector – Interface-Z
With support from iMAL asbl/vzw, Flemish Ministry of Culture

The installation consists of three light objects. Two of them are connected to the RSS feed via computers, and the third, with the aid of the anemometer, provides wind, temperature, noise of street (environment). The computer searches for all words related to the concept of “fear” (for the first sculpture) and “desire” (for the second) in the RSS. The more such words appear, the brighter are the object’s LEDs progressing from the base of object to the top. The third object is based on the same principle.

The viewer can walk inside the actual construction where an additional airspeed sensor is located. When she/he blows on it, the pattern of illumination changes – the simple act of breathing becomes visible and important.

Alexandra Dementieva

Artist. Born in 1960 in Moscow, USSR.
Studied journalism and fine arts in Moscow (USSR) and Brussels (Belgium).
Her principal interest as an artist is the use of social psychology, perception theory and behaviorism in her installations as well as the development of film narration through the point of view of a subjective camera.
She has been an active participant in the activities of the CYLAND Media Art Lab since 2008.
Professor at the Royal Academy of Arts (Brussels, Belgium).
Dementieva received the first prize for the best mono-channel video at VAD Festival (Girona, Spain). She is a participant of numerous exhibitions at major Russian and international cultural institutions, including the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art (Russia), Centro de la Imagen (Mexico City, Mexico) and others. Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.