Biowar is an audiovisual piece by Sofi Martina and La Rasa that explores the aesthetics of the microbial world through the abstract representation of its functioning. Microorganisms are the source of life as they were the first inhabitants on Earth, and they also sustain it. The human body is constituted by millions of them as viruses, bacteria and parasites that develop in a mostly aquatic medium. But at the same time, they are also the legion of death as they represent a threat to human finitude.
The ability of microorganisms to evolve and adapt to an environment that outpaces the speed of science in combating diseases is both surprising and disturbing. It is paradoxical how fragile humans are despite the alleged technological, scientific and economic progress of today’s societies. The desire of human beings to use the resources of nature in their favor constantly alters the basic internal balance of life with the environment.
This project tries to create a narrative through visuals and music, the inner and abstract world of microorganisms. As well as the chaotic interaction of the microbial communities inside the human body. The visual language makes use of the aesthetic character of viruses and bacteria. It is possible to appreciate the unusual beauty in their unique shapes and vibrant colors. Biowar unfolds in a surreal environment in which the boundaries of reality vanish. It builds a landscape of 3D images that generate sculptural figures and provoke a hypnotic three-dimensionality.
The main objective is to transport the viewer to a sensory experience made up of a palette of warm colours contrasted with occasional cold tones, which make up images of high visual impact. For its part, the music has been pre-recorded from a live performance. It is a proposal that borders on the fascinating and repulsive of the microbial aesthetics interpreted by the post-digital language. At the same time, it seeks to reflect on the evolution of the current crisis. Individuals are confronted with a biological system that is feared but often ignored. They are facing a war in which the enemy is invisible and silent.