The Auratic Interpreter

Installation documentation of the Auratic Interpreter, a multimedia, video art, and kinetic sculpture.
UCSC Digital Art New Media MFA exhibit ULTRAshift, April 2017


The desire for a holistic interpreter, or to be an objective empath, is a desire to move beyond ironic detachment, habitual consumerism, scientific reductionism and religious naivety. It reflects a desire for grounding the being phenomenologically, with one’s possessions as part of the politics of self.  The Auratic Interpreter is an attempt to mediate invisible knowledge, however anecdotal or trivial, revealing the multiplicities of possible narrative. Part divination, part polygraph technology, this machine reads the aura of inanimate objects and translates it to a visual record. This piece anticipates the need for increased data/memory retrieval in a post-material future.