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The Fruits of Consciousness


Authors Laura Elidedt Rodrigues and Ethan Avila
Programmer Antonio Raimond-Kedilhac


LINK TO THE WORK: https://clck.ru/QszQG

The Fruits of Consciousness   Digital- online The Fruits of consciousness is a virtual installation based on the theories of sight, knowledge, and consciousness fundamentally inspired by the scientific literature of Lynne A. Isbell regarding the connection and coevolution between the serpent, human, the fruit, and the tree in relation to our biological history.   Mysticism and symbolism are now mostly wrongly regarded as absurd theories and pseudoscience that is not worth listening, Carl Gustav Jung’s life work suggests, there is truth in our stories and myths, that does not mean a story is real, truth refers to a more complex, and in a way, transcendental state of the human consciousness. In the story, the snake offers the fruit to Eve, which she considers to be desirable and pleasant to the eyes. It is also True that red fruit has always been more desirable for primates because of color and sweetness. Snakes and humans were in the arm-race of coevolution venom resistance and promoted the complex vision system we have nowadays. Therefore we ought to see them and analyze them in a way we could find scientific answers in them just as this story shows us the deepest parts of our unconscious.   Three main actors or a trident. The digital tree of Malus pumila and with a suggested modification, with the DNA of a gene coding for snake protein. The protein is represented by a 3D model of the protein in the top This tree is the symbolic rhyme of the Genesis tree, a specimen that tells a true story any visitor can relate to or adapt to their own life.   On the top of the tree there will be the protein of a snake venom that will hover and show by owning the metaphorical essence of the tree. Beside the tree there will be two non-human agents. The robot arms will be pre-programmed to maintain alive this tree and avoid the harm of the visitor that attempts to step forward unto the three in the digital garden. The robots’ names are Adam and Eve and they act through this robot extensions to protect and maintain the foundations of human consciousness, and the important elements of our myths and stories in a speculative world where humans do not preserve them anymore, by a probable extinction or lack of care for the myths and symbols; Non-human entities now take care of the representation of human consciousness.   When the online visitor delivers personal information related to the biological characteristics and mystical conditions of existence the tree delivers an apple, sent by email, and presented in a digital mosaic on a screen for the offline exhibition. All these apples are representations of the individual consciousness shaped by each human.   This is the first representation of a wider project called "Roots of consciousness" where Ethan and Laura endeavour with genetic modification of plants as symbols for human myths related with consciousness.


Laura Elidedt Rodrigues – Mexican artist that came to Russia pursuing a master degree in Molecular Biology in SKOLTECH (Moscow) after getting frustrated and bored in academia decided to make her own artworks working with bacterial cellulose in Bioart workshops (2017). In 2018 entered the Art&Science master of ITMO university and was part of the first generation of graduates. She has presented artworks in the city of Saint Petersburg as part of Oratorium 2019 and Reunion 2019 in Saint Petersburg University. Fascinated with the popularization of science, she also delivered microbiological workshops in New Stage of Alexandrinsky Theater (2019), online Bioart Summer School of ITMO(2020)and online Festival Go Viral from Kazakhstan (2020).

Ethan Avila – Born in Mexico City in 1994, having a painter as an uncle and influenced by his father’s love for cinema and science fiction Ethan began to be introduced into the world of the arts early in his life. Having lived in three different countries in his early years, Ethan had a very unique and distinct perspective on life, throughout his life, Ethan has always been attracted to the arts and the theme of existence and Artificial Life which later became recurring in Ethan’s work.

He graduated from ITESM with a Bachelor’s degree in Animation & Digital art. Even after a few months of starting his career, he started to animate and express himself in this medium right away. Ethan traveled to Spain for six months for a Fine Arts specialization in Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid, Spain, where he made his debut in the GROUNDWORKS art exhibit (2017), he later returned to Mexico to finish his studies and a short animation about a simulated cube acknowledging his existence. Afterward, he participated in the INDICIOS exhibit (2017) with a controversial short animation film called “The Day God Committed Suicide”. A film that started his robot series that continues to this day. He just graduated from ITMO university in the Arts & Science Master’s degree program and was a part of the 101 media poetry festival (2019).