Interactive Art

Energy Parasites

Price: Anerkennung - Honorary Mentions

Eric Paulos (US)


Cyberarts 2012 - International Compendium Prix Ars Electronica 2012

Energy Parasites are handcrafted objects designed to opportunistically harvest small bits of energy across public landscapes. Agnostic to energy origin or ownership, these artifacts redirect their captured energy through a variety of means, including expressing it or storing it for later re-acquisition and usage. Central to this experience is the materiality of energy. 

Energy Parasites foreground energy use and opportunities for re-use. They are both adversarial and helpful as they question conceps of energy ownership and opportunities for energy harvesting. Central to this is the reframing of energy as a material that can be infused and embedded with properties such as when, how, and the texture of the energy production. Can energy bne sentimental, emotional, or uncomfortable?