Sabrina Raaf’s exhibition Float playfully queries the relationship between humans and imaginative technological systems. Ingeniously dissecting organic/scientific advancements and their impact on the modes and environments we inhabit, the works in Float suggest a coactive relationship between machines and their users; subjects and their environments; systems and architecture; perception and space.
Float features a panoply of “creative machines” from Lost—a stranded meta-Lander submerged in a miniaturized and kinetic crater space; and Searchstoretrash—a labyrinthine sculpture parodying the “information superhighway”; to Grower—the “rover” that charts ambient CO2 levels to create a “meadow” in green indelible ink. Icelandic Rift, premiering at OBORO, explores notions of scale, geography, location and organic architecture while the photographic series of digital prints Test People presents domestic situations turned askew with unexpected occurrences of antigravity, invasions, war scenarios or passive subservience.
These works—interplaying between art and information—propose and question extended/enhanced somatic presence, agency and affect in the technological realm. Float quixotically leaves the viewer to imagine, wish for and soon marvel at future hybridized natural/technological forms of living.
A text by Valérie Lamontagne accompanies the exhibition.