/ Klimentina Hristova (BG)

“The audio-visual installation Uterus raises the question „What is the weather like inside you? – If our feelings would equal weather phenomena, how would our weather be?“.

The visitor is invited to step under the umbrella. The umbrella is a protecting shield and shelter but also puts the visitor in the spotlight due to it’s semi transparency.
The main goal of this installation is to make visitors reflect their emotions, raise awareness and sensibility.
Once we are able to name emotions and express them through words it is much easier to observe ourselves. Are we lead by our emotions or can we influence them? Can we observe and analyze them – just as we do with chemical reactions?

The connection between physical reactions of the body and the changes in the brain demonstrates how important the proprioceptive senses are for our well-being and our mood. “These physical sensations underscore the fundamental interdependence between body and mind, maintained even in psychologically complex emotional states.”*

The installation uses sensors which measure several parameters while the participant is holding the handle of the umbrella. The collected data is used for an audio-visual “interpretation“ of our emotions.

One important part in this artistic approach is the use spectrum of the different colors. Color is light, which travels in waves from the sun on the same electromagnetic spectrum as radio waves, television waves, microwaves, and so on. Color psychology studies the effects of electromagnetic radiation that light emits, on human mood and behavior – these are universal, psycho-physical reactions
The end result of the interaction is not intended to be read as a definition of mental state. The intention is merely to find a subjective, abstract interpretation, which brings more light into the process of self understanding.

* Decety, J., Chaminade, T. (2003). Neural correlates of feeling sympathy. Neuropsychologia, 41(2), 127–38.

All images by Klimentina Hristova