AUTHORS: Rui de Car­va­lho; Mau­rí­cio Mar­tins; Pedro Ângelo; Kyri­a­kos Koursaris

Con­cept Author by Rui de Car­va­lho;
Engi­ne­e­ring Deve­lop­ment by Mau­rí­cio Mar­tins;
Soft­ware Com­pu­ting Ori­en­ta­tion by Pedro Ângelo;
Sound and Music by Kyri­a­kos Koursaris;

Col­la­bo­ra­tion: Ricardo Lobo; João Gon­çal­ves;
CONCEPT:

This project’s desig­na­tion intends to pro­ceed to a new over­view of the human con­di­tion.
We must think of a box that is direc­ted to the inside, to the place where we find our mea­ning and where, the­re­fore, we part in search of our sig­ni­fi­cance.
I want to relive this awa­re­ness because it implies a demand and this demand will take us, no doubt, to some kind of fin­ding.
We can des­cribe “Pedra d’ Água” as a Tech­no­logy and Digi­tal Art Tem­ple, that tries to raise the need of one for another and the ritual way we cho­ose to cele­brate the emp­ti­ness left in us when some­one lea­ves.
I won­der if in a near future, this kind of tech­no­lo­gi­cal chi­mera will be the only way to ensure the exten­sion of our dise­a­sed and lost into the living world.
Also, I ask myself if the machine beco­mes equal to the human cre­a­tor, like a post-maker without the bur­den of a body or if the cre­a­tor beco­mes domi­na­ted by tech­no­logy. We must stop and medi­tate over the pos­si­bi­lity that this way will lead us to the over­powe­ring of machine over human, taking us further into ali­e­na­tion.
Nowa­days it’s been noted a high num­ber of vari­ous mani­fes­ta­ti­ons by web users meant to be some kind of memory or tri­bute to the dise­a­sed loved ones.
Today, fri­ends and family keep web­si­tes upda­ted, as if they refuse to accept the impo­sed absence. They keep their rou­ti­nes, exten­ding an emo­ti­o­nal con­nec­tion simi­lar to the one that was expe­ri­en­ced with the loved one.
“Pedra d´Agua” will be like a sanc­tu­ary that will regis­ter mani­fes­ta­ti­ons from web users: when some­one wri­tes or upda­tes one of this “tri­bute” sites, Pedra d´Água will light up, rele­a­sing a sound. When we don´t find find upda­ted infor­ma­tion, Pedra d´Água” will cry.
I wish to cre­ate a arti­fact that claims our soci­ety as one of living but, also, as one of dead and that will allow the per­pe­tu­a­tion of the indi­vi­dual and col­lec­tive memory accor­ding to a new way: the web.