For the time being

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

The work re-imagines the digital representation of a person through various objects. The computer has been trained with artificial intelligence in such a way that the attributes extracted from an image bank of objects like flowers and images of people are used to reconstruct a selfie in real-time. The inspiration from this piece comes from the notion that objects have their existence, and that technology is appropriating every aspect of human life.

The digital self is inside an image, consequently, it will become an object afterwards 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 work dialogues with ideas from “object-oriented ontology” proposed by Graham Harman. The human trains the machine and gets carried away by it. Finally, the machine decides.

The portraits that visitors take 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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