Hybrid Art

Be Your Own Souvenir

Price: Anerkennung - Honorary Mentions

Artist Groups:
blablabLAB (ES): Jordi Bari (ES), Raul Nieves (ES), Gerard Rubio (ES)


Cyberarts 2011 - International Compendium Prix Ars Electronica 2011

Be Your Own Souvenir aims to connect street users, arts and science, linking them to underlying spaces and their own realities. The installation was enjoyed during two weekends in January 2011 by the tourists, the neighbors of La Rambla and citizens of Barcelona, a city that faces a trade-off between identity and gentrification, economic sustainability and economic growth.

This takes shape through a technological ritual where the audience is released from established roles in a perspective exchange: spectator / performer, artist / tourist, observer / object. The user becomes the producer as well as the consumer through a system that invites them to perform as a human statue, with a personal souvenir as a reward: a small figure of them, printed three-dimensionally from a volumetric reconstruction of the person generated by the use of three structured-light scanners (Kinect).

The project mimics the informal artistic context of this popular street, human sculptures and craftsmen, bringing diverse realities and enabling greater empathy between the agents that cohabit in the public space.