Graziele Lautenschlaeger & Rita Wu

De novo, Ercilia

“De Novo, Ercília” (2012) is an interactive sound installation that invites the visitor to cross it and experiment in corporeal and sound patterns by means of the interaction with rubber bands. In his book “The Invisible Cities”, Italo Calvino refers to Ercília, a city where threads are extended to designate the relations between people and things. From time to time, Ercília is abandoned and recreated in another place. In a dialogue with the concise treatise on urban development and even on the existence suggested by the author, “Once Again, Ercília” is an itinerant project. And in its first version, which was built for the 2011 LabMis Exhibition, Ercília went to the city of São Paulo.

Graziele Lautenschlaeger is brazilian media artist and researcher graduated in Image and Sound from the Federal University of São Carlos (2002-2005). She is founder-member of LAbI – Laboratory of interactivity for Scientific and Technological Knowledge Diffusion of the same university. Her Master’s degree was conducted in the Architecture and Urbanism Department of the University of São Paulo, when she collaborated to Nomads.usp – Centre for Interactive Living Studies (2007-2010). In 2008 she was master exchange student in the Interface Culture Department at Kunstuniversität Linz, Austria. In 2010 she conducted lectures on Experimental Project and Interactive Installations disciplines at Uniara – Centro Universitário de Araraquara. She also worked as visitant researcher at Lagear – Graphics Laboratory for Architecture Experience, at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (2010-2011). In 2011 she was resident artist in the LabMIS program at MIS – Museu da Imagem e Som and from October to November 2012, she was resident artist at Salzamt Atelierhaus Linz, Austria. She currently lives and works in São Paulo as cultural agent at SESC – the Social Service of Commerce, curating and producing programmes in media art and digital culture.

Rita Wu: Artist and designer graduated in Architecture and Urbanism from the Architecture and Urbanism College of São Paulo University (FAU-USP). She is a researcher in the DeVIR group (Design, Environments, and Interface) and DIGIFAB-USP (Group of Research into Digital Fabrication), both of FAU-USP. Also participates in the LATESFIP, the INTERUNIDADES Lab of Social Theory, Philosophy, and Psychoanalysis, the Institute of Psychology of USP (IP-USP), and the Philosophy, Letters, and Human Sciences College (FFLCH-USP). She is a founding associate of the Fab Lab (Digital Fabrication Laboratory) based at FAU-USP. In her works she explores the relation among body, space and technology, investigating the expansion that technology can bring to our space perception through wearable interfaces. She is currently getting a Master Degree from the Institute of Architecture and Urbanism of São Paulo University (IAU-USP), where she researches into art and interactivity and participates in Nomads.usp (Nucleus of Studies on Interactive Habitats). Her works had already been presented in the VERBO Week, CCSP, Live Cinema, Architecture Biennale, Contact Festival and MIS, among others. She was awarded in the Minute Festival, Picture of Downtown São Paulo, and Architecture Biennale.