Dispersiones (Dispersions) (2012/2017) is a site-specific physical network comprised of a series of interconnected relays that produce an artificial and interactive soundscape. The work appears to be a messy web of hundreds of tangled wires through which sounds travel, following an algorithm of artificial life. Using only the metallic clicking sound of the relays, the network behaves as a complex system of electromagnetic actuators that interact with the viewer.
Organized in a rhizomatic matrix of lines resembling a convoluted urban city, each individual relay acts as a "living" agent that activates the space and the architecture. Once a viewer's movement is detected, the system unleashes an infinite flow of sound and light.
Dispersiones fits into Leo Nuñez's body of work that uses discarded technological waste along with industrial and raw materials to create laboriously hand-crafted electromechanical interactive installations that speak to the appropriation and adaptation of new technologies within the context of Latin American culture. [End Page 434]
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Leo Nuñez is a professor at the National University of Tres de Febrero in the MFA and BFA programs in Electronic Art, and cofounder and director of Espacio Nixso, an educational and collaborative workspace in Buenos Aires for the promotion of technological knowledge to artists, art schools, and children. Nuñez has received numerous awards and honors for his work, such as the MAMBA/Fundación Telefónica award, the Argentinian National Salon award in new technology, and the VIDA 10.0 and VIDA 12.0 from Telefónica in Spain. He has been a scholar at the Centro Cultural de España en Buenos Aires and at the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media at the University of Washington. His work has been exhibited in group and solo shows in Madrid, St. Petersburg, Washington D.C., São Paulo, Rosario, Los Angeles, Seattle, Buenos Aires, Lima, Bogotá, and other cities.