Unlike other artworks that we are advised to keep distance, this sculpture invites you to touch it. With reference to the ancient Cycladic idols, this black head is standing dark, like an extra-terrestrial visitor, waiting for an encounter. In response, it will emit cold blue and violet light through hundred optical fibres that are fitted in its surface. At the same time a soundscape will be generated based on the movements of the hands that are touching the sculpture. As the visitor interacts and get connected with the artwork, a special algorithm is calculating the amount of engagement and transforms the lights to warmer red and orange colours.
“Touch me” is a metaphor on human and technology relationship. It is trying to explore the difficulties of human-machine interaction. A simple interaction like touch is sometimes very difficult to achieve. People may hesitate to touch the sculpture (especially in a gallery-exhibition environment). When they finally do it, some may feel uncomfortable by the sculpture reaction and other may feel attracted and charmed. After so many interactive devices that surround us in everyday life, how used are we in a human-machine interaction?
Yiannis Kranidiotis is new media artist and musician whose work explores the inseparable relationship between science and art, using mainly light and sound and by creating spaces and experiences where both coexist and interact. This requires a cross-disciplinary work with sound, visual arts, coding, electronics and physics. His work has been presented in many festivals and exhibitions like Made in NY Media Center (New York), B-Seite Festival (Germany), Rome Media Festival, ISEA 2016 (Hong Kong), ISEA 2015 (Vancouver), MADATAC (Madrid), Lumen Prize Global Tour, Athens Digital Arts Festival, Onassis Cultural Center (Athens), LUNDA Gallery (St. Petersburg, Russia). Many websites and magazines have published articles about his work including “Google Cultural Institute“, “The Creators Project“, “Arduino.org”, “Gizmodo“, “Open Culture“, “Hyperallergic“, “Bigthink” and “Konstvärlden”. He has also composed music for short films and theatre.