Ricardo Martinez Herrera: Memento Vivere

Memento Vivere is an interactive light and 3D pen installation. The installation consists of a series of electroluminescent cables that are situated within a skull structure built using a 3D pen. The cables form a connected object, made of Arduino technology, which responds to the interactions of its spectators. Different cables and sectors of the installation light up according to stimuli in its environment.

This multidisciplinary project was developed in collaboration with Dr. Frederick Van Gestel, a neuroscience researcher at UZ Brussel. This piece was first initiated through research funding provided by the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. In August 2022, Memento Vivere was loaned to the non-profit organization Biohacking Village, to be installed at the DEF CON Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

About the artist

A self-taught approach underlies much of Ricardo Martinez Herrera's (Riikc) artistic work. To fund his studies in sculpture, Riikc spent 10 years working in the digital sector, as a web developer and visual content creator. After finishing his MFA in sculpture (2016) at the Académie Royale des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Ricardo then launched his own technology and communications agency. Today, Riikc draws on his experiences in both the fine arts and the technology sectors, to create artwork that spans several genres, including metalwork; digital art; 3D printing and drawing; connected art; and mixed media artwork.

Ricardo has emerged as one of the world’s preeminent fine artists working in the 3D pen space. Since 2017, Ricardo has been working with the 3D pen company, 3Doodler, to develop their STEAM education strategy and content. His approach has focused on how this new, hands-on technology can be used to make science education — in particular human, animal, and plant anatomy — more accessible.

On exhibit at Sahara West Library from February 9, 2023 through August 31, 2023 

Monday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM