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Be Sickecell Be a Hero (2018)

a collaboration with:

Stavros Didakis, I-DAT, University of Plymouth, UK
Herbert Rocha and Daniel Valente, LAPIN Lab, University of Fortaleza,Brazil
Candice Ribeiro, ABO, Brazil

The interactive media art and science installation ‘Entrancer: Be Sicklecell Be a Hero’ (2018) invites for a reflection concerning issues of race in science research mainly related to the sickle cell anemia. The work invites for the experience of a possible dance with a virtual moving model of a sickle-cell in AR (Augmented Reality) – mutated from the 3D model of a normal blood cell using morphogenetic algorithmic strategies. The experience is conducted by the rhythm of a Brazilian samba (live recording) distorted and combined with sonified fragments of sickle-cell image’s textures under the microscope (imported as raw data in Adobe Audition). The samba metamorphoses into its distorted version resembles the mutant sickle-cell that changes shape due to a chemical alteration that can be a strategy against malaria – and not a genetic condition of black men and women. At the same time the installation is a tribute to emblematic works of Hélio Oiticica, bringing together in a conceptual combination or convergence the ‘Parangolé’ and the stencil 'Be an Outlaw Be a Hero' from the series 'Marginalia', proposing a piece that is a ‘cross-over’ of both referred works, that has adaptive qualities concerning the most diverse exhibition conditions and spaces, and that is itself a mutant work in relation to the body and the environment.

Scan the AR tracker above or download the file at "Be Sickle Cell Be a Hero", using the application (for Augmented Reality) to
play with the animated 3D model (test version):

GooglePlay or Apple AppStore(store):


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Be Sicklecell Be a Hero (2018)