Cutis Sonat [abstract]

Cutis Sonat is an intermedia research project that parts from questioning about the stereotypes and sociocultural values ‚Äčthat have been created historically based on skin color. The proposal covers three sound approaches that use variations of the human complexion to speculate on the relevance that skin color has had in the way humans relate to each other.


- Cutis Sonat (V 0.1)

Sound installation / Bio-action, following the line of research, proposed, this work seeks to address the racial/sociocultural differences around the human complexion from a piece that dialogues with this problem through a sound discourse.

The piece is made up of a collection of human skin culture canvases that cover a tonal spectrum that goes from the darkest to the lighter complexion. Colorimetry is based on the compilation of images of skin tones that will be taken throughout the process. The RGB formula of each skin tone is used to generate the specific sound frequency of each canvas, which will be reproduced through a sound device. The canvases are mounted in wooden boxes together with their sound device electronics to create sound objects that, through their multiplicity of voices, interpret the translated harmonic counterpoints of the different hues of the skins. The result is a bio-sound space that integrates and dialogues the different skin tones and their sound representation, speculating with the idea that we are all part of this great color sample and that far from colliding with each other, we are complementary, both physically (bio-skin) and intangible, the core (sound). The piece reflects this in a poetic way, a collection of objects that integrates a wide range of skin tones and their sounds, forming an intrinsically harmonic discourse without disrupting the individuality of its parts.


- Cutis Sonat (V 0.2)

An inter-media installation that seeks to generate a sound / bio-action, through which the apparent racial and sociocultural differences that delimit and cataloge human relationships by their skin color are diluted, creating a form of human interaction in which our complexion, converted into sound, dialogues with the frequencies generated by those of others, speculating with the idea of a society based on harmonic counterpoint within a common sound body.

Through an image capturing device that uses an HD camera to sample the color of the skin of each interactor, the piece translates the RGB data into specific piano sound frequencies in real time using an algorithm. The sound that emerges from the data of each interactor will travel through the space for a certain period of time, moving from speaker to speaker, generating, along with the frequencies of others, sound layers that overlap, creating a generative and impermanent sound composition through a multichannel system. At the same time, the data of each color sample will be fed to an application (patch), which will send the RGB formulas to the 3D bio-printer, where the colors will be mixed to form the bio-ink to be applied to a 3D model of the face of the artist that will be built layer by layer with the different skin colors as the samples obtained are added. In this way, while the sound interpretation of the piece evaporates in space, the record of the human passage through the piece will become evident as different faces are printed, having over time a collection of these, each one with a unique color pattern.


- Cutis Sonat (V 0.3)

A Sound installation based on research around the scientific relationship between the Human Genome and the concept of "Race". We are interested in generating a parallel discourse that inquires about the theories that Race, more than a biological phenomenon, is a social myth. Taking this as a starting point, we intend to take a series of DNA tests from a diverse group of people and from the data they produce, generate a sound discourse, by reading the DNA maps through mechanical scanning devices, thus obtaining the soundtrack of each of the samples, which will allow us to speculate with the results in a
poetic way, through sound.