DENNIS BUILDING // Cuppetelli + Mendoza: Nervous Structure (Halifax), 2019

Nervous Structure is an architectural-sized, site-specific, interactive installation that explores ideas of perception and participation, combining concepts and aesthetics of Kinetic and Op Art with interactive digital technologies. It consists of a video projection illuminating the rear of the Dennis Building with vertical lines, which move and ripple in reaction to a viewer’s body movements. The site was chosen specifically for its architectural finish, a repeating linear pattern, which will create strong moiré patterns when combined with the projection.

Nervous Structure (field) (2012) from Cuppetelli and Mendoza on Vimeo.

“By not only mapping the object but by mapping the viewer as well, Cuppetelli and Mendoza realize works that are responsive to their audience. The full range of properties of their body of work shows when visitors not only view but also move and interact in front of the installation. The installations respond to their viewers with change. They translate the viewer’s movement into their setting and allow a playful exploration to unfold …”

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Annica Cuppetelli + Cristobal Mendoza

Detroit-based Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza began collaborating as Cuppetelli and Mendoza in 2010. They create installations and objects that combine physical elements with digital technologies, composing sensual, immersive and dynamic experiences. Their aesthetic approach references mid-century art movements such as Kinetic Art, Op Art and Light Art.

Their work has been the focus of solo exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum, Logistics Fine Arts (Miami, FL), Red Bull House of Art (Detroit, MI), Muskegon Museum of Art (Muskegon, MI), Museum of Art and History (Lancaster, CA), and Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN). They have participated in many group exhibitions and festivals around the world, including Nemo Festival (Paris, France), Scopitone (Nantes, France), ISEA, FILE (SP, Brazil), the Light Art Festival »Ascents« (Stuttgart Cultural Region), Lichtrouten (Luedenscheid, Germany), LIGHT LINE (Center MARS Abrau, Russia), Bienal de Video y Artes Mediales in Chile, DLECTRICITY (Detroit, MI), Currents (Santa Fe, NM), among others. Their work is also in public and private collections. In 2015 they were awarded a Kresge Arts in Detroit Visual Art Fellowship. Cuppetelli received her MFA in Fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Mendoza received his MFA in Digital + Media from the Rhode Island School of Design.

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