suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
juan francisco SALDARRIAGA & farzin LOTFI-JAM: sadic(t)ropisms—or the intransigent pursuit of the sublime
Stellavista inhabits the space between terrestrial and extra-terrestrial existence. Pressed by an extreme atmosphere, this scenario is in a constant state of renegotiation. It is an extreme, primal and nebulous public arena. An archive of dynamic patterns, behaviors and uses. It is a changing memory.
Inverting traditional exclusions, Stellavista is uncharted territory, where inhabitants may reflect on their own existence as they navigate a shifting environment. This reflection is heightened by the extremity of the surroundings: a biotope that continually threatens to constrict itself, thus crushing the ruminating users in its attempt to return to a dormant state inherent in its material memory.
A series of uneasy relationships have been fostered. The sun’s heat simultaneously catalyzes Stellavista’s asphyxiation whilst providing life energy to the multitude of machines tasked with the role of electronically preventing the suffocation of their masters.
Prolonged, cumulative body heat from the colonists also triggers Stellavista’s contractions; the master is beholden to that which it has subjugated.
Users are in a state of hyper awareness: the sun scorching their skin, the destabilizing wind, the scarcity of oxygen, and a rhythmic asphyxiation of their space. However, embedded in their biotope are strategies to help them navigate their experience, evident in the documentation of previous use; these patterns of behavior, captured as wisps facilitate intimacies with strangers’ past.
Localized machine and human interactions coalesce with climatic forces. The culmination of these efforts informs a collective endeavor, a blurry archive of atmospheric, machinist and human behaviors. Daily fluctuations become monthly cycles, which in turn become yearly patterns.
Perhaps, with time a collective identity will emerge and an equilibrium will be reached: a tensely negotiated truce between human, environment and machine.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
jS & fL-J: Francois Roche, Ezio Blasetti, Hylozoic Ground, experiments with wax, choking and gaspers
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
jS & fL-J: JG Ballard short stories, The World Inside (by Robert Silverberg), listening to Wild Beasts and Wye Oak
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
jS & fL-J: All things Greek.