»Señor Pulpo« is a hybrid artist’s book by Christina Sarli, organized in two parts. Each part tells the story of a common octopus from a different temporal perspective. The first part features visual interpretations of eight of the seventy-three haikus – the haiku is the shortest form of poetry in the world – from Gabriel Rosenstock’s collection »The Naked Octopus«. They depict the fantasies and adventures of an octopus that emerges from the sea to fulfill its abiding love for a human woman in eight acts. Afterwards, she cruelly kills and eats him. The images are augmented with 3D animations that interpret the near-death experience of an octopus in color and sound—rendered as day or night versions, depending on the time of interaction. The second part is an augmented reality comic that provides the background for the central near-death experience described before: the capture and cruel handling of the animal—still alive—according to traditional practice. The story ends with the last memory of our hero, Señor Pulpo: the appearance of the fisherman’s beautiful wife. Within the augmented reality, a close-up function has been implemented: the closer you get to the images with your mobile device’s camera, the more digital content you will discover—coded functions that act as an invitation to influence the material in a participatory way and to decode hidden content ever more deeply.
Christina Sarli (DE)
Greek-born, Berlin-based visual artist Christina Sarli has been repurposing society ́s capita mortua, or ‘worthless remains’ —unwanted items and knowledge—for the past several years. With an ongoing collection of analogue and digital skills, from painting and sculpture to digital media production and XR realities, Christina explores concepts of augmented intelligence in experimental storytelling. Tweaking figurative visual languages with a digital accent, she challenges the boundaries of contemporary mythology and explore the depths of human experience in offline and online environments.