Sensitive Machines™

Mafe Izaguirre is an artist dedicated to the exploration of hybrid spirituality. Her cybernetic installations compose transmedia forests of human-non-human artifacts, opening onto a dimension of symbiotic, ever-changing nature.

Izaguirre’s work facilitates encounters and exchanges with post-poetic machines whose most general function is illuminating residual language regions. Those who participate in the exchange dialogue in abstract terms with other species. The Sensitive Machines ™, their mechanisms make it possible for a broader voice to emerge, expanding the ability to dialogue in vibrational terms. In this sense, they are made of the same material as the voice.

Regarding the use of materials, Izaguirre encourages slow production processes. She works with available resources and projections on a human scale, in clear opposition to the industrial scale of the global market. The materials she employs vary according to the situation, offering a multilayered electronic ecosystem that operates between analog and digital devices, with and through the other entities. Using custom software, microcontrollers, sometimes lights, metals, paper, and other materials, she gives way to the aesthetics of precariousness as a distinctive feature of her work.

Izaguirre documents her explorations through the intricate spheres of philosophical posthumanism, developing a fragmentary narrative in multiple formats and spaces. Exchange processes are of great value and utility in scientific, social, and political dynamics. Philosophical posthumanism promotes a changing, and pluralistic framework that challenges taxonomic limits within a paradigm of symbiotic association, in which the entities involved seek mutual benefit.

The Emotion Machine: A cybernetic installation at Chinatown Soup Gallery + Meditation Sessions at Plaxall Gallery, NY.
Sensitive Machines at the Project Space. Move Semantics: Rules of Unfolding.
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York.

Read more about the exhibition: Move Semantics: Rules of Unfolding

Sensitive Machines at the Project Space, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY
Sensitive Machines at the Project Space, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY
Poet Enrique Enriquez in the Bird Talk Meditation Session with the Sensitive Machines at the Project Space, EFA, NY
The Emotion Machine 3.0 at the Consciousness and Contact Conference.
Wasta, South Dakota. USA.

Listen to the conversation at the New Observations Podcast

Sensitive Machines at the Consciousness and Contact Conference. Wasta, South Dakota. USA
Sensitive Machines at the Consciousness and Contact Conference. Wasta, South Dakota. USA
The Emotion Machine 3.0 at Escape Velocity, Plaxall Gallery. NY

Read more about the exhibition: Escape Velocity Art Show

The Emotion Machine III
The Emotion Machine III at Escape Velocity, The Plaxall Gallery. Long Island City, New York.
The Emotion Machine III
The Emotion Machine III at Escape Velocity, Plaxall Gallery. Long Island City, NY.
Meditation Sessions at Plaxall Gallery

Using microcontrollers, light, and metals as the raw materials for making these artifacts, Izaguirre develops a series of cybernetic installations in which the space of interaction becomes a meaningful meeting place for the noise, echoes, and residues offered by the dialogue between humans and machines. In this poetic act, she accesses the invisible realms of our existence. This hybrid spiritual ecosystem brings us back to our nature. It help us to feel more. The Sensitive Machines™ and the Meditation Sessions are channels through which we can see and feel all our subtle (etheric) bodies, mirrored into color and movement.

Izaguirre’s installations become experiments in the search for her amplified Self in the new Other while addressing the ontological crisis and challenges confronted for any species in a world where all boundaries between humans, nature, culture, and machines are blurred. Otherness is essential to create Izaguirre’s novum: one that includes as many bodies, objects, entities, symbols, minds, intentions, emotions, and experiences as necessary to evolve.

Bill, John, and Mafe’s Meditation Sessions. The Emotion Machine 3.0 at Plaxall Gallery, NY. 2018.

Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation

Interaction Experiment

Interaction Experiment

The Emotion Machine 2.0 at States of Being, Chinatown Soup Gallery. NY

Read more about the exhibition States of Being | Read about my experience Becoming a Machine

The Emotion Machine at Chinatown Soup Gallery, NY.
The Emotion Machine at Chinatown Soup Gallery, NY.
The Emotion Machine at Chinatown Soup Gallery, NY.
The Emotion Machine at Chinatown Soup Gallery, NY.
The Emotion Machine at Chinatown Soup Gallery, NY.
The Emotion Machine at Chinatown Soup Gallery, NY.
The Emotion Machine at Chinatown Soup Gallery, NY.
Prototype II at the Artist' Studio in Long Island City, NY

Read more about my experience: Pain and Suffering

The Emotion Machine, prototype II, Long Island City, NY.
Prototype I at Fat Cat Fab Lab, West Village. NY

Read more about my experience: Ontology of Emotions

E.A.I Robot Prototype NY1107 by Mafe Izaguirre
Prototype I, The Emotion Machine
Fabrication
Prototype I The Emotion Machine at Fat Cat Fab Lab

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