For the time being

Variational autoencoder, video and photography in real-time for Raspberry Pi, camera module, 5” display, Internet, web server. Variable measures. 2021

The work re-imagines the digital representation of a person through different objects. Dr. Villacis trained the computer with artificial intelligence, so the attributes extracted from an image bank of objects such as flowers and human portraits are used to reconstruct a selfie in real time.

The digital self is inside an image. Consequently, it will become an object because the artwork reconstructs the face (or an idea of a face) and gives it a new meaning, a new self, which moves away from human significance—this piece dialogues with concepts from “object-oriented ontology” proposed by Graham Harman. The human trains the machine and gets carried away by it. Finally, the machine decides. The inspiration for this piece comes from the notion that objects have their existence and that technology is appropriating every aspect of human life.

Visitors’ portraits are automatically downloaded to a designated website using a QR code. To review the indexed file of the people who interacted with the work, please visit: https://forthetimebeing.brendavega.com

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