Cyborgs and seismic data art // Moon Ribas

Moon Ribas considers herself a cyborg because of the sensor embedded in her elbow. I consider her a cyborg [data] artist because of how she interprets its output.

What does the sensor do?

Acts as a seventh ‘‘seismic’ sense. It vibrates whenever there’s an earthquake - anywhere in the world. The intensity of that vibration is dependent on the magnitude of the quake, which she begins feeling at 1.0 on the Richter Scale.

What's her interpretation

A performance. Ribas uses her ‘seismic sense’ when performing Waiting for Earthquakes. In this interpretive dance Moon uses movement as her medium to convey what those seismic vibrations feel like. Essentially, she becomes an earthquake made manifest through its data.

Watch for yourself: