November 9 – December 31
Oráculo transforms Seed Space while presenting participants with a dynamic interplay with science and technology. This work is multimedia intensive, experimental in its approach and attempts to push the boundaries of art beyond single objects to a multi-layered experience. The installation will combine visuals with touch, smell and sound, all of which stretch beyond traditional media and engage the viewer.
McCombs creates a unique environment by contrasting color and texture to entice viewers into the work. The visual transformation begins with walls which will be covered in moss, radically transforming the rectilinear space into an organic chamber. Subtle changes of smell and acoustics also occur from this natural material. This creates a strong juxtaposition with the futuristic light-emitting blue sculpture that is floating in space.
The interactive sculptural component of Oráculo is a wire armature covered in semi-translucent blue plastic. The interior armature holds electronics, lights and a video display (digital frame). As the viewer approaches and engages the installation, they will have the option to sit in a simple black chair. In this case, a meditative relationship with the hybrid winged creature will be established where a single video “eye” engages the viewer. The light-emitting blue creature is a beautiful monster, enticing viewers with its aesthetics while at the same time implicating hybrid human genetic manipulation. Is humanity trapped or saved in the machine?
As Ray Kurzweil predicts, the speed of technology and genetic engineering will continue to grow exponentially, allowing humanity to transcend our biological forms. With the ability to download our consciousness into a digital world, the ramifications of the physical structures of our environment, as well as the exponential growth in augmented-human intellect, will be profound. This new paradigm shift will blur even further the line between reality and the virtual. The first manifestation of this transformation is already present with the use of Artificial Intelligence and access to the internet at the tip of our fingers. Oráculo is an installation that will engage participants in this discussion.
McCombs’ work uses visual juxtapositions of texture, color and light with concepts of sociology and ecology to contemplate future realities. The artworks push the boundaries of art beyond single objects to multi-layered experiences. Technology is used to critique itself, while exploring society’s relationship with and understanding of science, in this case specifically genetics. His work often creates beautiful icons, with multiple layers that reveal a dystopian future out of control, such as those envisioned in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner or Cormac Mcarthy’s The Road. While there is a large measure of deep ecology involved, he also uses humor as an entry point for participants to contemplate the structures being explored.