BY OBDULIO PILOTO
SCIENCE BECOMES ART
Probing the vulnerabilities of the existential human condition
Dr. Obdulio Piloto explores themes of identity, particularly what it means to be human in an exponentially technological period of human existence.
A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON HUMANITY
“How difficult it is to see ourselves as others do.
Moods, circumstances, time of day, biases, envy and other factors color our perceptions.
All versions of you depicted in the “looking glass self” are in fact fragments of self, yet when combined, do not fully capture ‘you’.
We are incapable of fully exposing ourselves and keep select parts hidden, even from our consciousness.
To make things even more interesting, the objective self, if such a thing even exists, is always in a dynamic state throughout our existence.” – Obdulio Piloto
IN THE STUDIO / LABORATORY
A bio-fluid (e.g., blood) is collected from myself or a donor for processing.
A NuTec slide is incubated with the biofluid sample to allow molecules to bind onto the NuTec slide.
The NuTec slide is then heat treated. This transforms the transparent NuTec spots into colored spots that reflect the millions – billions of bound molecules.
The resulting, color-rich NuTec slide is scanned, resulting in an image of the molecular portrait.
The scanned molecular portrait is used as the basis for the artwork.
Artworks can represent literal molecular portraits (e.g., digital scan + digital composition) or figurative representations of ones (e.g., 70 painted spots on canvas).