algorithmically generated interference waves

La Obra Invisible (Incorpórea)

‘The Invisible Work’

La Obra Invisible is a collaboration under the collective name Incorpórea. Quoted from the collective’s website:

algorithmically generated interference waves overlaid with the text "Incorpórea"

Incorporéa is a collective of two artists, Yalili Mora and Alicia Champlin, who have both worked extensively in the task of manifesting the invisible of our inner human worlds.

Yalili uses painting / portrait as a metaphor, with concerns about a deeper exploration of technological interfaces. Alicia has a history of using technological interventions as a mediator between creativity and data.

In collaboration between these two multimedia practices, “The Invisible Work” aims to reconcile the emotional and empirical realms, reaffirming our physical agency within our environments while simultaneously exploring the implications of our most ephemeral traces. In this mapping process, what we hope to emphasize is the balance between individual sovereignty over this psychological landscape, and its vulnerability to environmental and interpersonal forces, as well as the limits of our agency as these traces spread throughout the world in general.

The piece is an interactive installation featuring a Chladni plate as a visualization of the sonified brainwaves of both artists, signal-mixed together by visitors in real-time using a custom application built by Champlin, and presented along with the artists’ painted portraits (part of Mora’s series “Retratos sin rostros aparentes”, or “Portraits without apparent faces”).

This work was installed as part of Recorreguts Sonors: Accions i Mutacions Sonores at the Convent de Sant Agustí in Barcelona, 19-23 November of 2019.

portrait by Yali Mora of Alicia Champlin
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Bearing the Light

In May, 2017, Champlin participated in a collaborative installation event at Fort Knox in Prospect, Maine. The collaboration involved 9 artists over 2 days, in a format that allowed a one-time 24 hour window to design and install a transformative experience within the depths of the Fort. The results took the form of a sort of pilgrimage of light and sound, leading an audience through a series of vignettes that responded to the visual and acoustic topology of the existing structure, playing with light and shadow, reflection and reverberation.

Susan Smith, coordinator of the event, spoke of the effort as a way to “come together – as artists and collaborators – to work with this site, and communicate to a need, especially now, to reflect upon our relationship to self and others, and to the world. We invite participants to experience this place, get lost in it, and unsettle our notions of where and who we are.”

Participating artists: Alicia Champlin, Eleanor Kipping, Stasiu Levitsky, Jim Winters, David Allen, Nathan Dumis, Michelle Bezik, Derek Smith, and Susan Smith.