Anna Pompermaier, Cenk Güzelis, Burkart Schwaighofer
The pandemic generates a diffuse feeling of affiliation. China-Japan – USA – South Korea – Thailand – Vietnam – Nepal – Singapore – Taiwan – Australia – Iran – Turkey – Italy – Germany – Austria – Great Britain – Norway – Spain – Iceland – Brazil – Peru … The virus spreads, take territories and leave traces. It pulsates, vibrates, interacts in and with the various spheres: private-sphere, public-sphere, economic-sphere, techno-capital sphere, info-sphere, psycho-sphere. It is already post-digital if we consider it “Being global, Being big and small, Being prime, Being equal, Being unterritorial”.
Above Human is an interactive projection mapping installation that displays the real-time data of COVID-19 inside an epidemic-sphere. It makes the invisible visible, the immaterial material. It is not just an audio-visual experience, but rather an active and communicative act: the global outside flows into the local inside and merges into a space of coexistence. In line with Peter Sloterdijk, the “sphere” becomes a symbol for “spaces of coexistence” as spaces that deal with crucial information to develop a better understanding of humanity. When visiting the Above Human installation, the encapsulated spherical entity of the virus occupies the human body via tracking cameras to display its existence. The body of the user mutates metaphorically and literally into a synthesizer: it attracts and embodies the particle-data in real-time and interacts with the immersive soundscape with the complexity of its movements.