Programming and engineering by Sergey Komarov, Alexey Grachev
Breath detector – Interface-Z
With support from iMAL asbl/vzw, Flemish Ministry of Culture

Breathless Alexandra Dementieva

Installation consists of three light objects. Two of them are connected to the RSS feed via computers, and the third, with the aid of the anemometer provides wind, temperature, noise of street (environment). Computer searches for all words, related to the concept of “fear” (for first sculpture) and “desire” (for the second) in the RSS. The more such words appear, the brighter are the object’s LEDs, progressing from the base of object to the top. The third object is based on the same principle.

Spectator can walk inside the actual construction, where additional airspeed sensor is located. When she/he blows on it, the pattern of illumination changes – the simple act of breathing becomes visible and important.

Alexandra Dementieva – Interview (2020)

Alexandra Dementieva

Alexandra Dementieva (Александра Дементьева) (born 1960, Moscow, USSR) is an artist who has been creating works of electronic, video, interactive and installation art since 1992.

Studied journalism and fine arts in Moscow (USSR) and Brussels (Belgium). Her principal interest as an artist is the use of social psychology, perception theory and behaviorism in her installations as well as the development of film narration through the point of view of a subjective camera. She has been an active participant of the CYLAND Media Art Lab since 2008. Professor at the Royal Academy of Arts (Brussels, Belgium). Dementieva received the first prize for the best monochannel video at VAD Festival (Girona, Spain). She is a participant of numerous exhibitions in major Russian and international cultural institutions, including Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art (Russia), Centro de la Imagen (Mexico City, Mexico) and others. Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.