Susana Cámara Leret

Aqua Vita
12.2011 — 07.2012

w/ Mike Thompson, The Netherlands Metabolomics Centre + The Sino-Dutch Centre for Preventive and Personalised Medicine — Developed within the Bio Art & Design Award, NL (winner 2011)



“Is it possible that mathematical pathology, i.e. chaos, is health? and that mathematical health, which is the predictability and differentiability of this kind of a structure, is disease?”
— Arnold Mandell

Aqua Vita is a project inspired by the archival properties of urine to address the idea of health as a changing state. The work references flasks used within medieval uroscopy alongside Ullrich Pinder's "Epiphanie Medicorum" urine wheel, from 1506.

Stills from an interactive visualisation combining 6 weeks’ daily urine metabolic profiles with insights from a processual examination, following a traditional chinese medicine personalised questionnaire. Adopting methods from non-linear dynamics, the chronobiological metabolic painting displays how changes in one parameter can push a system into a qualitatively new behaviour, recognising the body as a place of motion.

2010 — 2019