Sombrero Fantasma (Ghost Hat), 2016 | by Denise Alves-Rodrigues


Straw Hat and Static Electricity Detector Circuit
9 1/10 × 11 4/5 × 8 3/10 in
23 × 30 × 21 cm


Sombrero Fantasma (Ghost Hat) is a sculptorical but also wearable device for ghost detection. The piece is comprised of a straw hat and a static electricity detector circuit made by the artist. This type of circuit is used by various research groups for insights into paranormal activity in sites said to be somehow haunted. In Rodrigues’s practice, which is informed by studies in electronics, astronomy and historical but also daily events of social and political impact, the contexts in which the device is placed entail its layered meaning. Beyond this, the artist’s approach to inventing new technical devices that amplify recording/documentation possibilities allows for detours in the ways through which individuals relate to information.
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Denise Alves-Rodrigues (b. 1981 in Itaporã-MS) lives and works in São Paulo-SP. She is an artist, self-taught technologist and amateur astronomer. She is an active member of MSST (Movimento dos Sem Satélites – Satelliteless Movement) and develops studies on faulty technologies, impure sciences and doubtful theories. She invents electronic and astronomic devices used by her and/or at workshops she administers, collecting data from the sky, water and earth and researching in this way frictions between technics and representation. She has participated technology related residencies such as Kiosko (Santa Cruz de la sierra/Bolívia), JA.CA’s Residency – Dispositivo Móvel (Nova Lima/BH), LabRes – Rural Scapes (SP) and Nuvem’s Rural Residency for Art and Technology (RJ).