über Evelina Rajca

EVELINA RAJCA lives and works in The Hague and Cologne. She studied at KHM Cologne as well as at the Beijing Art Academy and was a DAAD research fellow and artist in residence at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Her performative and installative works are part of exhibitions and festivals such as Ars Electronica (Linz), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, and EMAF (Osnabrück). Her work “smart.ing bodies” was recently awarded the Jutta Cuny Memorial Award and an Honorary Mention - Music and Sound Art at Ars Electronica and will be exhibited as part of FUTURE_21 at Glashütte Petershagen as part of the thematic group FUTURE_resources.

Two fine glass instruments set in motion by an algorithmic composition generated with machine learning processes form the sculptural parts of the multi-sensory sound installation smart.ing bodies. They are made of quartz sand collected by artist Evelina Rajca from disappearing beaches and mountains around the world. What can be heard is the pure yet complex sound of the sand, which is constantly changing.

The composition is based in part on an Artificial Intelligence that is “smart” enough to produce only certain frequencies. It helps to avoid the destruction of the glass and the motor by sound waves or feedback.
In this way, the work refers, on the one hand, to the increasing role of new technologies in organizing, classifying, and collecting information for the construction of meaning and decision-making processes. Using sand as an essential raw material for the production of concrete, fiber optic cables, as well as computer hardware, the multisensory work opens the discourse on the finiteness of sand as a resource.

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