'Smart-ing bodies reflecting on the surface of fear' (work in process), 2016, collage (artifact of mixed media installation), dimensions variable
Evelina Rajca works on an interdisciplinary basis. In doing so, she introduces discourses from other fields, like natural and cultural science, fine arts and music, but also from films, into her oeuvre. In her mixed-media installations, process-based artefacts, performances and interventions, Rajca combines historical and present facts with a myth.
Rajca is interested in both low-tech and high-tech means of production. For example, her research concerning language and its limitation forms the starting point for Speech sound and the direct meeting of minds. The long-term project features automatic speech recognition software and especially developed speech technique. Rajca experiments with the moment when noise becomes intelligible information and vice versa, and possibilities to distinguish value systems within this shift in perception. She studies ways to influence states of concentration and the sensory adaptation of living, human and non-human beings, including artificial intelligence. She challenges their physical and mental resilience.
For this she works with various types of so called Energy Harvesting and smart materials, currently focusing on glass and piezo electric ceramics. By experimenting with different recipes but also by cultivating her own crystals, she creates new audio visual instruments. For example, one is made of sand found at Glass Beach near Fort Bragg, California. This 'new' type of sand resulted from years of dumping glass waste along the coastline. (JS)