In the Atacama desert, a camera captures on video the image of the sky reflected by a rotating water mirror and transmits it live to Linz during the festival, taking as a reference the ancient Inca technique of contemplating the sky through its reflection in water poured over flat sculpted stones. In Linz, the image is projected and the presence and movement of those who contemplate it are captured by sensors and processed live. A variability pattern is generated from this data and is sent back to affect the water mirror’s rotation speed in real time, causing distortions in the projected image of the Atacama sky. A space-time portal opens between two points on the planet. Liquid Sky is a ritual in which the interaction between the live image of the Atacama sky, the Ars Electronica attendees in Linz and a series of machines, mechanical gestures and data flows are assembled in a rhizome of trans-local feedback, causing the observer and the observed to merge.
Authors: Mauricio Lacrampette, Santiago Valdivieso, Diego Gajardo, Lucas Margotta Collaborators: Sebastián De Andraca, David Ramirez, Lucas Riveros, La Wayaka Current (residency program)
The participation is the result of a collaboration between Ars Electronica and the Ministerío de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio and the Ministerío de Relaciones Exteriores | Gobierno de Chile.