Raquel Kogan


The installation “Reler” is comprised of one wood bookstand filled with 50 untitled books, similar to any library. All of the books are apparently the same, same color and all of the same width and height, identified solely by the golden number engraved on the spine. But, they are not your usual books. They are books to be heard and not read. Short beloved excerpts, the personal choices of a number of 50 people invited to participate in the execution of the installation, with each book having an owner, and a voice. Upon opening the book, the interactor has his face illuminated, and a built-in audio-recording system with integrated circuit, sounds out a pre-recorded voice of the one who selected that excerpt reading from his favorite book, for a maximum of four minutes. Simultaneously, in the expository space, all of the texts being “read” from the removed and opened books will be added one to another by one interface connected with the computer, forming the quadraphonic sound of the ambient in real time. Thus, creating a palimpsest of voices, timbres and languages which continually changes as new books are removed and returned. In this interactive immersive installation, the presence of the user and his individual choice is a part of many other individual choices which, together, form the voice of the installation.

Raquel Kogan: BA in architecture. Awarded at the Transmedia Itaú Cultural in 2002, made reflexão # 1, also shown in Ciber@rt in Bilbao. The investigation in digital media continues: projeção, 401; au.to re.tra.to 1, ocupação#1, reflexão#2 in the kinetic digital exhibition at Itaú Cultural and ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, reflexão # 3 in the Festival Art@outsiders, Memória do Futuro in Itaú Cultural, File Sao Paulo / Porto Alleger and in the exhibition Instant at SESC. The video BMG 8970 was accepted at the 15th Vídeobrasil Awards; [[[prog: ME]]]; Rencontre Internationales Paris / Berlin. The object rever in featured at the Cultural Center of Spain in Montevideo, and the installation mov_ing in the Transitio-x Festival, Ctrl C + Ctrl V at SESC Pompeia and code_live in Vancouver. The interactive video installation ponte in being performed at SESC Paulista, Fundación Telefónica in Buenos Aires and the exhibit Agora / Ágora; the installation reler is presented at the 4th biennial of art and technology Art.ficial Emotion, participated in the File 2010, being awarded by File Prix Lux.