Fito Segrera is a Colombian artist, technologist and Head of Research/Creation at Chronus Art Center, Shanghai. His current research and creative practice appropriates elements from digital philosophy, artificial intelligence, monism and modern physics while using physical computing, software programming and information/ telecommunication technologies to inquiry in fundamental ontological questions regarding the nature of reality and the physicality of the universe.
Agnosis: the lost memories…
Fito SegreraAgnosis: the lost memories… proposes a system which embeds a technological layer over the human biological one. The system uses a brain-computer interface with an embedded camera. It constantly scans the artist's brain activity and records moments where his attention drops. Using this data and algorithms, the system then is able to register these moments of absence, as both brainwaves information and images. In parallel, by using accessible online tools, the system autonomously analyzes and interprets these memories. As a result, all lost memories are rendered as abstract sculptures in a 3D virtual world (digital monoliths). At the same time, an autonomously generated log book is produced and printed (machine thoughts / interpretations of the lost memories).
Fito SegreraWhat is a virtual world made of? What is its essential substance? Can that ocean of code actually be the support for new forms and expressions of life, perhaps with no physical body, but aware of its own existence? How does the metaverse evolve? Thinking about the metaverse of Second Life implies questioning reality, existence as we understand it. This documentary-machinima captures moments of creation, instants where the original formless digital substance takes a logical and recognizable form, from abstraction to representation, from unknown to known.
Realtime Wave Transcoder
Fito SegreraThis installation takes realtime data available on internet APIs that own marine sensors distributed around the world. With a set of coordinates (latitude, longitude) the software gets the height and period of the waves in that specific location to then reconstruct the data in an analog form. The extracted data is mapped to motion which generates analog sound; dislocating a portion of ocean and transposing it into the gallery space.
Fito SegreraArtists from the 16th and 17th centuries were often concerned about the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. Vanitas are symbolic representations of these early existential anxieties. These artworks were visual compositions of objects in dark and closed spaces; typically used as funerary art reminding of the brevity of life and suddenness of death. One could easily refer to these as some kind of mortorious still life paintings.
The Treachery of [Soft] Images
Fito SegreraThe Treachery of [Soft] Images is an inquiry into new forms of conceptual art which make use cognitive computational systems and Internet technologies. The piece appropriates Rene Magritte's famous statement "This is not a pipe" in his painting "The treachery of images" and utilizes it as the starting point for an experiment in art and machine learning, hence revealing a new hybridized notion of reality rendered over our natural cognition by intelligent on-line systems.