Applied Fiction: Solo Exhibition by Pors & Rao.
The irony, ingenuity and determination to interact with the audience is the essence of duo Aparna Rao and Soren Pors who have, since 2004, developed a multidisciplinary artistic practise in which mechanical engineering, electronics, and both programming and fabrication processes are involved. In a series of installations and objects, although abundant with industrial and technological design, the ultimate objective is to highlight the complexities of human relationships.
However, Pors and Rao's creations are not focused on the usefulness of technology for its own sake, but rather on its application as a creative tool, on its evocative potential and on its capacity to penetrate every aspect of daily life and become an omnipresent device for our imagination. Even from an exclusively artistic point of view, Pors and Rao's proposal stems from functionality so as to create works that are close to fiction and distort the way reality is perceived. Consequently, the viewer is compelled to explore the unconscious registers, frustrations and subtle limitations that influence relationships in society. Taking a carefully conserved industrial aesthetic as a starting point, the duo's designs often make use of humour and satire to illustrate the relationship between oddly alive objects and human behaviour.
Aparna Rao (1978, India) and Soren Pors (1974, Denmark) crossed paths in 2002, during a two year research scholarship study in Italy at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, Italy. In 2004, the two began to work collaboratively, and have since developed a multi-disciplinary art practice involving mechanical and electronic engineering, programming and manufacturing processes. In 2009 they began showing their early works at The Expanded Box, ARCO, Madrid, Spain; Indian Highway curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones and Gunnar Kvaran at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway; and at the 4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, curated by Raiji Kuroda, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan. Pors & Rao have also been recently awarded the Metamatic Research Initiative by the Amsterdam based non-profit organization All Art Initiatives to realize their longstanding interactive installation Nisse TV.