Based on some previous work we’ve done with megaphones in public spaces, me and my associate, Radamés Ajna, were invited to participate in an exhibition called Multitude, curated by Lucas Bambozzi and Andrea Caruso Saturnino.
The exhibition was based on the writings of Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt and their concept of multitude, and focused on works that address forms of resistance to established power and pre-established channels of legitimization, while thinking of the crowd as a set of singularities and unique identities that affect each other in a process that combines power, but also dissent.
We proposed to build a set of robotic sculptures that would allow visitors to participate in the exhibition by sharing their opinions using a system that would turn anonymous sms text messages into voice.
Step 1: Inspiration
The project is also inspired by the public demonstrations and protests that happened throughout Brazil in 2013, and the government's attempt to regulate the use of public spaces.
Specifically, it plays with the ambiguities that arise when trying to define social behavior in dense urban areas, where everyday activities are already violent and chaotic.
In order to convey some of this ambiguity and violence we decided to make our megaphones look like weapons that could be aimed and used to "attack" certain parts of the exhibition space.