"Figments of Desire" is an audio-visual installation examining the poetics of attraction through two synthetic agents that are choreographed to a musical score. The sonic composition activates the agents to unwind a generative narrative of behaviors of attraction, repulsion, and entanglement using custom algorithms. The synthetic couple explores its states of desires in this artificial life system.
Amay Kataria is currently an artist in residence at Mana Contemporary in Chicago. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA in Art & Technology Studies. He was invited as a visiting artist at the Ethereal Summit, ThoughtWorks and Bellas Artes Outpost. He has participated in group shows at the Electromuseum, Ars Electronica, TIFA India, Art Center Nabi, ThoughtWorks, and Experimental Sound Studio. He is an upcoming artist in residence at Sandnes Kommune in Stavanger, Norway and was awarded the media arts residency at Art Center Nabi in Seoul, South Korea. To support his work, he has received the Shapiro Level-Up Research Grant and Bajaj Art Scholarship.
Mechanical Turk Workstation (installation view) 2019. Photo: Nicholas Knight.
From the exhibition, Working Conditions, at NURTUREart gallery, New York.
Brett Wallace is a New York-based artist and filmmaker. Reviews of his work include The New York Times, Brooklyn Rail, Art in America, ARTnews, Artnet, Artslant, Hyperallergic, Brooklyn Magazine, BmoreArt, and WHITEHOT magazine. Wallace’s work showed in recent exhibitions at The New School, NURTUREart, Our Networks, Silas Von Morisse Gallery, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Reshaping Work, and Gallery 46. He is an alumnus of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Harvard Business School, and he holds an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He is also the founder of AMAZING INDUSTRIES, a research engine that fosters discussions about work.
Jeff Thompson is an artist, programmer, and educator based in the NYC area. Through code, sculpture, sound, and performance, Thompson's work physicalizes and gives materiality to otherwise invisible technological processes. Thompson has exhibited and performed his work internationally at venues including the Museum of the Moving Image, Tufts University, Fridman Gallery, Somerset House, Sheldon Museum of Art, Drugo-more, Salzburger Kunstverein, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. Recent commissions and residencies include SPACES, Bell Labs, the Computer Laboratory at University of Cambridge, Abandon Normal Devices, Brighton Digital Festival, Impakt, Rhizome, Turbulence, Harvestworks, and Holland Computing Center, the supercomputing facility for the University of Nebraska system. With Angeles Cossio, Thompson co-founded the experimental curatorial project Drift Station, which has mounted exhibitions and publications across the US and online. Thompson earned an MFA from Rutgers University in 2006. He serves as Assistant Professor and Program Director of Visual Art & Technology at Stevens Institute of Technology.
"Blue Vessel" is a mobile app hosted on a server located on a flagless ship drifting on international waters and invites users to write anonymous web messages by selecting words from the book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. The app also allows users to imagine survival skills from a chaotic browser that decomposes itself with each scroll movement.
Hundreds of fingers sliding across screens every second, repeating the same movement, right, left, up, down. Our fingers are the vehicle that connects us with information, entertainment and affections. "Feed" explores smartphone’s interaction muscle memory through the study of Facebook, Tinder, and Candy Crush movement patterns
Liliana Farber is a new media artist based in New York. She received an MFA from Parsons School of Design, completed the Postgraduate Fine Art Studies at the Hamidrasha School of Art, and a B.A in Graphic Design from O.R.T University. Farber had solo shows at 1708 Gallery, Arebyte Gallery, Dodecá Center, and Marte UpMarket Gallery. She participated in numerous collective shows at The National Museum of Contemporary Art (Portugal), The National Museum of Fine Arts (Chile), The National Museum of Visual Arts (Uruguay), Ars Electronica Festival, WRO Media Art Biennale (Poland), FILE Festival (Brazil), Katonah Museum of Art, and more. She received the Network Culture Award from the Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival, The Art and Technology Award from Montevideo City Hall, and the Prize for Excellence in Art from the Ministry of Immigration (Israel).
Commemorative plate featuring Kindle Popular Highlight “She felt her aloneness all the way to the bone...She was alone in a way she’d never before imagined, as solitary as if she were an astronaut come untethered from the mother ship, drifting unnoticed in an emptiness so vast it was beyond comprehension.” Image courtesy of the artist.
Sophia Brueckner is a futurist artist/designer/engineer. Inseparable from computers since the age of two, she believes she is a cyborg. As an engineer at Google, she designed and built products used by millions. At RISD and the MIT Media Lab, she researched the simultaneously empowering and controlling nature of technology with a focus on haptics and social interfaces. Her work has been featured internationally by Artforum, SIGGRAPH, The Atlantic, Wired, the Peabody Essex Museum, Portugal’s National Museum of Contemporary Art, and more. Brueckner is the founder and creative director of Tomorrownaut, a creative studio focusing on speculative futures and sci-fi-inspired prototypes. She is currently an artist-in-residence at Nokia Bell Labs and an assistant professor at the University of Michigan teaching Sci-Fi Prototyping, a course combining sci-fi, prototyping, and ethics. Her ongoing objective is to combine her background in art, design, and engineering to inspire a more positive future.
A video documentation of the installation as shown at the “Polarities” show at MU, Eindhoven from the 29th of November 2019 to the 1st of March 2020. Video courtesy of the artist.
"CMD: Experiment in Bio Algorithmic Politics" was conceived of and produced by Michael Sedbon, with collaborators Bio-physics of photosynthesis & Hybrid Forms Lab (VU), Raoul Frese(VU), and MU Hybrid Art House.
Michael Sedbon is an interaction designer and artist working in Europe and Asia. His work explores digital networked technologies and systems through their convergence with non-human intelligence (including plants, unicellular organisms, insects, and bacteria) in regards to the Infocene problematics, seen as, our current cultural era where Information is the force having the biggest impact on human societies and environments. He holds a Master in Interaction Design from the London College of Communication.