“Entrancer: Be Sicklecell Be a Hero” by Clarissa Ribeiro, Herbert Rocha, Daniel Valente

  • ©, Clarissa Ribeiro, Herbert Rocha, and Daniel Valente, Entrancer: Be Sicklecell Be a Hero


    Entrancer: Be Sicklecell Be a Hero

Artist(s) and People Involved:




    Action in public spaces

Artist Statement:

    Entrancer: Be Sicklecell Be a Hero proposes a reflection concerning issues of race in science research, mainly related to sickle cell anemia. As an action in public spaces, the work invites the experience of a possible dance with a virtual moving model of a sickle-cell in Augmented Reality – mutated from the 3D model of a normal blood cell using morphogenetic algorithmic strategies. The experience is conducted by the musical rhythm of a Brazilian samba, distorted and combined with sonified fragments of a sickle-cell’s textures under the microscope. The samba metamorphoses the cell into its distorted version, resembling the mutant sickle-cell that changes shape due to a chemical alteration – a strategy against malaria – and not a genetic condition of black men and women. The installation is a tribute to emblematic works of Hélio Oiticica, bringing together in a conceptual combination or convergence the ‘Parangolé’ and the stencil “Be an Outlaw Be a Hero” from the series Marginalia, proposing a piece that is a ‘cross-over’ of both referred works, that has adaptive qualities concerning the most diverse exhibition conditions and spaces, and that is itself a mutant work in relation to the body and the environment.