Ivan Henriques

Ivan Henriques, Brasil (1978) is a Brazilian artist and independent researcher working in multimedia and site-specific installations. Henriques examines different perceptions of time, memory and environment using different mediums in his works. He also co-founded GEMA (Experimental Multidisciplinary Autonomous Group) in 2007, an artist-led conceptual framework that acts as an open interdisciplinary interface to explore the city of Rio de Janeiro and its environs with the support of international research partners of arts, sciences and technology.

Ivan has won several prizes for his work, among them for EME (EstЬdio MЧvel Experimental) – Experimental Mobile Studio in 2008 and 2010, a project selected and funded by the Secretaria de Cultura do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was also invited to exhibit his video ReLandscaping at FILE 2010 in SЛo Paulo and participated in residency programs at V2 in Rotterdam NL (summer 2010), 4TerritЧrios – Funarte – 2008, BR and Beacon Project, Oslo, NO – 2007.

For Henriques’ final project at ArtScience, he will present his project Action Plant, which is an interactive bio-machine. It consists in a customized machine that interfaces a sensitive plant (Mimosa Pudica).  The consciousness, specifically in the nerve system from the Mimosa Pudica is part of a research developed with Professor Bert van Dujin from Leiden Biology University, in collaboration with Hortus Botanicus from Leiden and V2_ Institute for Unstable Media in Rotterdam. When the plant is touched the electromagnetic signal from the plant changes, triggering a start up for the machine.