Arkanian Leonardo is an example of technological animism which contemporaneously inhabits macroscopic (analogical), subatomic (quantum interactions) and digital (Twitter) platforms.
Cast in aluminium, Arkanian Leonardo has a National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) particle detector which can reveal the passage of muons, elementary su batomic particles with a negative electrical charge.
In Luca Pozzi’s customary cross-di sciplinary style, the sculpture combines the features of artist and scientist Leonardo Da Vinci, formal and conceptual references from the Renaissance (the chest / The Vitruvian Man by Leonardo), mathematics (the back / Mandelbrot fractal diagram; the shoes / golden ratio; the hands / E8 theory; the mouth / quantum mechanics wave function), theoretical physics (undertunic / Wheeler-De Witt equation) and multi-messenger co smology (the eyes / INFN muon detector).
With rudimental artificial intelligence and software connected to Twitter, it puts together 16 words every 16 detections. The words are selected at random from a set of three different literary works, to form a Haiku with an open and prophetic meaning, shared in real time on its social profile, inhabited by a 3D graphic avatar version of the Arkanian Leonardo at the address https://twitter.com/arkanianleonard. The work is completed by a website, where the avatar of the sculpture pronounces the last message received in a voice generated automatically by the browser (www.arkanianshenron.com). The work highlights the biodiversity of physical phenomena beyond the classic concept of sensitive matter. It underlines the existence of correlations at a distance, organized in an intimately hyperconnected web of relations that connects events from multiple times and spaces.
Aluminum sculpture, INFN partcle detector, messaging sofware, internet connecton, twitter profle, PLA component, blue leds, dedicated web site(www.arkanianleonardo.com).
Dim:116x50x50 cm / ph credit: Michele Alberto Sereni & Luca Pozzi / 3D Renders Massimo Russo.