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Xuxú temple

2019
Electronic components, motors, optical fiber, neon strip, solenoids, 3D printed sculptures, laser, TV, camera, speakers.

Xuxú is a temple of a fictional religion made up of various objects intended to critique how it sells and captures adherents through marketing, advertising, and entertainment tools a supposedly up-to-date religion. The temple aims to question how we are influenced, through technology-updated symbols, to places with specific political, social and economic interests. Similarly, the Christian cathedrals were majestic and dazzling places to the medieval people, attracted on their path by a feeling of splendor by manipulating fundamental senses.

The six images presented at the Xuxú Temple replace the crucifixion of Christ. These were created by a programmed TensorFlow (DCGAN) neural network trained with explicit gay sex images downloaded of the internet. These images make focus and critic Queer advertising because of its simply economic and superficial use of gay culture. On the other hand, flesh and corps are recognizible in this images. Here these are used as "hidden" or codified instruments of attraction.

The temple also has two metal tripods with kitchen elements with solenoids striking on them as a symbol of social protest widely used in different countries.

A TV and a camera is positioned in front of the devotes. The camera is connected to a Raspberry Pi which analyses emotions with a code written with OpenCV library. The idea of a camera that reads the emotions of its adherents arises from creating an intelligent space that allows this religion to enter and use this automatic and intelligent information for its own purposes. There is a parallel view with today's social networks, where the use of live information (sound and video) allows manipulation of the individual.

Based on each one of the seven emotions (happy, sad, surprised, disgust, neutral, angry and) read by the microcomputer, the temple reacts as a whole with different reactions in music, voice and lights. The objective of all of them is to make the person happy, by playing music, by saying to not worry about hard stuff, etc. Once a "happy" emotion is detected during more than five seconds, a voice asks in portuguese to deposit between 10 and 30 per cent of your salary in a metal bowl under the TV.