Stevan Kojić (RS) Self-Sustaining System of Absurdity, 2010

Installation, 2010

The autonomic installation Self sustaining system of absurditydeals with the theme of the reinterpretation of an existing live image. This "self sustaining" system is continuously processing data from the video surveillance of a bonsai tree, simultaneously transforming it through low-tech electronics into new visual and audio forms.

In this pseudo laboratory, the bonsai tree slowly rotates on its axis. Based on the principles of hydroponics the tree is lit with LED grow lights. High-intensity red and blue LEDs emit the exact light spectrum needed for photosynthesis so that the bonsai can live and grow in the dark. A web camera captures the rotating tree and the footage is displayed on an LCD monitor. Photo-resistors attached to the monitor measures the amount of the light from video surveillance. One part of this light is then converted into pulsating light dots on a plexiglas screen mounted on the wall. The rest of the light is processed through light theremins and converted into the glitching/crackling sound coming out of piezo plastic-cup speakers.

Stevan Kojić (RS)

Stevan Kojić (1973) took a BFA in sculpture from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Belgrade in 1997 and completed an MFA at the same faculty in 1999. Since 2004 he has been working at the new media department, Academy of Arts, Novi Sad. He received several awards. His work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions internationally (Austria, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, US).