“8bit Human” is a series of interactive light sculptures. The main characteristics of these humans are the voxel structure of their body, the light cubes/pixels that can be illuminated in the 8 primary colors of the 8bit computers (red, green, blue, yellow, magenta, cyan, black and white), and the single-leg with a base at the end. The posture of the sculpture can be also altered due to the movable joints in many body parts. The colors of each light cube can be changed by the visitor using an online app (accessible from his/her desktop computer or mobile phone).
8bit Humans is a comment on the loneliness of the modern digital society, where physical interaction and connection have been replaced by modern technology and social media. During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, people sought a companion on the digital domain. An “8bit human” is a lonely figure, sitting on a bench and waiting for a friend. Color and light have a primitive power in the spiritual customs and ceremonies of people. The colors and the form of the sculpture are inspired by the 8bit culture of the 80s computers that have affected the aesthetics of the last generations, as computer games have been an important part of their childhood. The revival of these color combinations can arouse memories and feelings from this age that can provide comfort and companionship.