“Traditionally, sex has been a very private, secretive activity. Herein perhaps lies its powerful force for uniting people in a strong bond. As we make sex less secretive, we may rob it of its power to hold men and women together.“

Thomas Szasz

The erotic experience lives in our interiority, in our ego, what intimately constitutes us and it identifies us. Our way of experiencing love and the erotic act is basically a personal matter. The post-modern, babelic and emancipated society in which we are (now) forced to live has contributed to the “mediatization” of our existence, causing the collapse of the walls that distinguish the interiority from exteriority, the discreet, singular, private, intimate of each of us from his performance and publicity. The continuous self-exposure and the abolition of the secret space have led to the flattening of our identity and our human relationships, causing the loss of meaningfulness of feelings such as love and desire, but also modesty and shame. The interactive installation ermos wants to push us to rediscover our intimate emotions, forcing us to overcome the emotional apathy to which modern society has relegated us. The alteration of the erotic image and the sound background is the result of punctum, or the emotional disturbance to which we are subject not only because of the vision itself but also and above all the collective context of fruition of the work. The reaffirmation of one’s own intimate dimension in contrast with contemporary mos - the set of behavioral models of present-day society - occurs through the rediscovery of the vital force that moves our thinking. Eros.
ERMOS (2016)
Concept: Impulso, Calembour
Interaction: Giorgia Petri

Material: Mindwave mobile, computer, projector, speakers
Software: Max/Msp, Mindwave interface