skin – pieles que mutan

skin is an audiovisual performance that meditates in the extinction, mutation and adaptation of biodiversity
digital textures of currently endangered living fauna morph in real time
these digital textures are projected over two or three human performers wearing custom-made spike outfits
the outfits follow the aesthetic of the most popular spike virus in the human collective mind nowadays
a design that currently terrorizes the global humankind
the performers struggle to move together, breathe (literally) and survive on stage
each of the different performers contribute every time to the choreographic evolution of the free-form improvisation performance
their unique personal exploration of movement and dance makes a unique interactive performance every show
their personal exploration of movement controls how the digital projections morph together using a Kinect V2 motion sensor.

this free choreographic improvisation throughout the performance, evolves from a single-celled amoeba form, into bipedal struggling mutated creatures in the end
the unique mix of digital textures that morph together during the live performance, always creates a different creature
these new creatures mutate through different stages of evolution and hope and bring hope for the future of biodiversity and humankind
the creatures mutate until they form a new combined species that adapts to our current human altered ecosystems

For an immersive 360 video recording of this project please watch the following video:

(you need a virtual reality headset and the vimeo app installed in your Android or iOS smartphone)

This project is part of the microbial skin series.

A series of contemporary artworks that extend a meditation about our current human relation with flora, fauna, microscopic organisms and ecosystems.

Special thanks to:

Alex Olisewszki

Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design at The Ohio State University

Norah ZShaw and Oded Huberman  (interactive theater design)

The amazing performers:

Sophie Mars performance artist Berlin

Ashlee Daniels Taylor

Mel Mark

Chelsea Varin

Yanniré Gaitán

Carolina Ureta Sánchez 

Cynthia Hamm

© Axel Cuevas Santamaría 2023


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