Quantum physics meets audiovisual experimentation in Michela Pelusio's performances and installations: interactive creations that bend space, light, matter and sound into malleable immersive environments.
Pelusio's work mines human perception and its relationship to art and science, delving into her studies of sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara and a Master of ArtScience from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, focusing on synesthetics and and the atmospheric spirit, Genius loci, of spaces. She's also the founder of ResidenceSEA, a multi-disciplinary artist residence on Crete. Pelusio has created environmental installations in South Korea, tuned aeolian strings to the Pythagorian musical scale, and used a sculpted lens to reflect sunlight into a rounded room where wind plays on stringed instruments. For SpaceTime Helix, she's partnered with sound and video artist Glenn Vervliet, who specializes in dance and theatre production.
With SpaceTime Helix, Pelusio uses a console and wearable interface to control her opto-acoustic instrument, a suspended sculptural object animated by light, sound and touch. The translucent wave climbs and arcs towards the ceiling as minimal sounds harmonize with its flux, the performances never the same way twice. Pelusio has travelled solo and collaboratively with SpaceTime Helix, reworking the project for unique spaces and contexts, at times stretching the helix to 15 metres. After bringing SpaceTime Helix to MUTEK.MX and MUTEK.ES, they present a new variation of their theatre-based project made specifically for MUTEK Montréal.