Plus ou Moins
12 modified hygrometers, indian ink
103 mm diameter, 25 mm depth
Plus ou Moins (Psychometric Portrait) includes 12 wall sculptures of modified hygrometers inscribed with different personal emotions: from delusion, anxiety and belief to serenity and empathy. Switching psychrometrics – the measurement of humidity – with psychometrics – the categorsation of mental capacities and processes – we are taken through a survey of one’s mood swings and fragilities, and their fluctuations with the changing weather. These words can be read in the calligraphic inscriptions traced on the frontal parts of the hygrometers, leaving a subtle imprint of a human hand in this piece of industrial technology, where the measurements’ results depend, as if by magic, on the reaction of a hidden human hair. The perfected quality of the professional calligrapher mirrors that of an enchanted printer, or an industrial foreteller. We are introduced to a bionic gesture that appeals, as well, to a machinic subjectivisation of the viewer.