Mixed media, variable dimensions, 2014
Contemporary leisure sites have created an environment to stimulate an universal lifestyle experience. Shopping Malls, Hotel Resorts and Tourist Cities are the Heterotopias of the late modernity: artificial places full of copy-and-paste stereotypes. The yearning associated with this allegory of a happy and carefree life is the ideal background to promote consumerism. The Paradiseator invites the user to interact with these patterns and create his own surreal version of paradise.
The Paradiseator is an image mixing console with an industrial retro look. By combining open source technology with the legacy of Dada and Fluxus the user of the apparatus can choose among 486 cliché pictures and arrange them according to his personal paradise gaze. This action dissects the promised metalife and reassembles it in a weird way. An ambiguous hyperreality questions in a playful and ironic way the creation of consumer needs and their influence on the perception of the world.
The interface has 49 buttons and 4 image controls as well as 54 LEDs for interaction feedback. A microcontroller, in conjunction with an electronic circuit of multiplexers, senses the interaction and sends the data via serial port to the computer. A Processing sketch analyzes the received information, loads the requested images on the screen and applies the transformations of position, size and rotation. The generated paradise composition will be projected in real time on a Full HD Monitor.
Some details of the electronic circuit:
Inside the machine: