Between March and May, the Portuguese artists Hugo Paquete stay was artists in residence at the Hospital of the Divino Espírito Santo, in Ponta Delgada, where they collaborated and interacted with professionals and users of the hospital.
On Friday, June 16, the artist Hugo Paquete will present the work he has created during his residence at the Arquipélago — Contemporary Art Center. A performance in which the sounds, the images, and the objects he found in the Hospital of the Divino Espírito Santo are recreated by a system of generative relations made possible by technology, using a software specially designed by the artist. This action combines the recording of the electromagnetic fields produced by the machines in the hospital with a projection of light, and photos of viruses and bacteria. Immersing the spectators in an environment composed of hospital paraphernalia, lights and shadows, the sound piece conflates the invisible and the tangible, creating a new bridge between science and creativity. (Carolina Grau)
This work is developed around concepts such as limit, interaction, unpredictability, and culture. It acts upon the extrapolation of scientific and technical realities that were discovered during the artistic residency. Interpreted in a performative approach in which sounds, images, gestures and found objects (found in the hospital or recreated) emerge in a system of generative relations made possible by digital technology. These relations refer to the technical space of diagnosis as a means of intermediation between the fields of representation and aesthetic potential. The contingency of the piece is based on intangible visual and sound phenomena, such as the recordings of the electromagnetic fields produced by the hospital’s machines, variations of luminosity in the building converted into sound in real-time using solar panels in the context of the performance and image generated by hyper-optic and hyper-sonic medical technology. Unfolding sound, luminous, and actuating events as viruses and bacteria in a state of immanence and disappearance that can only be revealed through the mediation of the technologies that generate transformations, effects and reactions that break through our consciousness and are contextualized as culturally implicated elements. Creating a space of immersion and scientific subjectivity in which active spectators activate the work as individuals within a system of interdependencies. In this system, sound events emerge as minimal granular elements that, in an allegorical process, multiply as bacteria while they are accompanied by small music scores, compositions for objects that refer to the memory of the hospital soundscapes. This material is played live, and its constant hybridization is ensured by the performative gesture, the applied technology and the interaction with the audience, who acts as the catalyst within a living and unpredictable system. The sum of all these interactions is the experimental diagnosis. (Hugo Paquete, 2017)