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The Cat's Eyes Nebula (2015)

ISEA 2016 HOng Kong (download PDF) The Cat’s Eyes Nebula

The work is part of the collection ARTTEXTUM: Tejido de agentes culturales inspirados en Latinoamérica:

Evoking the visual and philosophical complexities of the “Cat’s Eyes Nebula”, this non-local interactive video installation is part of the series “Performing Quantum Entanglement: Subtle Apparatuses for Nonlocal Affectiveness” by Clarissa Ribeiro, and integrates the Exhibition “Museum of Endo-Luminosity” of Mick Lorusso, together with the Art|Sci Collective. The exhibition opening reception was on February 19th, 2015, from 3.30 pm to 5:30 pm, at the Art|Sci Gallery, California NanoSystemsInstitute, UCLA, in Los Angeles, with a simultaneous live video streaming of a non-local performance in a pre-opening reception at the Roy Ascott Studio Gallery in Shanghai, China, on February 20th, 2015, from 7.30 am to 9.30 am.
The subtle apparatuses that integrate the work consist simultaneously in a memory and an actualization of possible entanglements between the two artists that are collaborating for its production – Clarissa Ribeiro and Mick Lorusso. The actual “Cat’s Eyes Nebula” (NGC 6543), according to NASA,  is a visual 'fossil record' of the dynamics and late evolution of two dying stars, and is one of the most complex planetary nebulae ever seen, captured by NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The structures of the Cat's Eye are so complex that astronomers suspect the bright central object may actually be a binary star system – a bipolar geometry produced by two stars surrounded by cocoons of gas blown off in the late stages of their stellar evolution. The stars that produced as a memory the “Cat’s Eyes Nebula” were in the processes of becoming two giant diamonds, silently entangled in faraway skies.
Being installed at the same time in Shanghai, at the Roy Ascott Studio Gallery, and in Los Angeles, at the Art|Sci Gallery, the work consists of two black boxes were the complex geometric patterns generated by the irregular reflection of a red laser beam, when crossing a diamond-like prism that moves according to visitors’ vibrations captured by a piezoelectric sensor, are captured by a hidden webcam and send, via live streaming video, to the entangled exhibition space. The video captured in Shanghai integrates the installation that is in Los Angeles; the video captured in Los Angeles, integrates the installation that is in Shanghai. The black box is a metaphor to recall the seminal discussion of Erwin Schorönfinger about the phenomenon of Quantum Entanglement (Verschränkung , in Geman) in the paper he presents his imaginary experiment ‘The Cat’s Paradox’ (1935). The dimensions of the box and the proportions are references to multiples of the numbers 5 and 10 (having a hidden 7 as a multiplier) – 5 representing the man; 10 representing the whole universe; 7 the magical, supernatural aspect of the phenomenon of entanglement that implies nonlocal connectedness. In the second part of the above mentioned paper where Schorönfinger discuss a Theory of Measurement, the scientist consider that the entanglement can certainly not be verified if two systems where bring up from opposite ‘ends of the world’ (Schorönfinger’s words) and were juxtaposed without interaction, because they ‘know’ nothing about each other. According to him (Schrödinger 1935 apud Ribeiro, Szafir 2012), “Any ‘entanglement of predictions’ that takes place can obviously only go back to the fact that the two bodies at some earlier time formed in a true sense one system, that is, were interacting, and have left behind traces on each other.” In exhibition space, integrating the composition of the box, right in front of the computer screen, a kaleidoscopic geometric structure, amplifies and recreates, deconstructing, the bipolar geometry of a metaphorical “Cat’s Eyes Nebula”.  
The work is an invitation to reflect about the invisible bonds that link man and the universe, and that are the ones that keep affectiveness alive, no matter the distance.  To be invited by Mick Lorusso for this collaboration, together with The Art|Sci Collective, is more than an honor – is a celebration of a friendship.
Clarissa Ribeiro, on February the 6th of 2015, Shanghai, China






Solo exhibition of the artist: "Subtle Apparatuses for Nonlocal Affectiveness". Roy Ascott Studio Gallery
8th Floor DeTao
SIVA Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts
from February 20th to March 20th 2015.
Opening Reception:
Friday, February 27th | 5-7 p.m.
(Pre-Opening Performance: Friday, February 20th | 7-10 a.m.)

live video streaming | youtube and Google+ Hangouts On Air

Art|Sci Gallery
5th Floor CNSI (California NanoSystems Institute), UCLA,Los ANgeles
Mick Lorusso and Art|Sci Collective 'Museum of Endoluminosity'
from February 19th to March 19th 2015. Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 19th | 5-7 p.m. (Poster)