CIAC researchers travel to Mallorca to take part in the Festival D’Art Digital i Electrònic de Mallorca (“innocence“, 2019), taking place between the 24th and the 25 May.
Speciesism | Ageism | Racism is a generative work of art, by Pedro Alves da Veiga, open to the collaborationof the public. It is a project born of the similarities between gender, age, race and species, through the millenarian practice of making masks, and claims the fact that there is richness in diversity. The work at the festival in Mallorca is an audiovisual capture in real time of several generative cycles, made with the most recent contributions of the public. Each new exhibition will incorporate new contributions from the public.
All living being share three universal claims: I am. I live. I die.
But by means of a rather opaque process we, humans, have evolved into the belief that deciding whether the life of A is more deserving, more important, more suitable to be cherished, valued or preserved than the life of B, is a normal, ethic and sound procedure. History has shown that judgment based on ethnicity, skin colour or gender is biased and usually endorsed by a dominant faction that enslaves or disregards weaker factions, entrenched on a phobia of a particular difference: gender, skin colour, age or species. Seeing a face alone is usually all it takes for most of us to automatically label it: black, Asian, sheep, dog, woman, boy, etc.
What if it were not so simple?
Speciesism | Ageism | Racism is a project born of similarities across gender, age, race and species, through the millennia-old practice of mask making, and lays claim to the fact that there is richness in diversity: large or small mouths, two or four eyes, multi-coloured fur, gender-bending looks, smooth or rugged skin, young or old, happy or enraged, etc. All can be remixed into a lively display of diverse (animal) life. The digitally generated masks are surrounded by samples of the faces being used, reminiscent of petri dishes with all the cultures and combinations that occur in the largest laboratory of all: nature. This rich setting is reinforced by a real-time soundtrack, generated from samples that overlay ethnic rhythms and instruments, atmospheric sounds, animals and human voices stating “I AM” in different languages.
All the digital masks are generated without bias, meaning or purpose; all of them are innocent.
All of them exist from the moment they were generated and seen.
All of them are. All of them live. All of them die.
All interpretations, labelling and assumptions are exclusive to the audience.
The system evolves in a crescendo, both visual and acoustic, until it reaches its peak: pulsating, vibrating life, surrounded by will (represented by actions, on the left) and body (represented by organs and body parts, on the right), common to most living beings. Life slowly fades into death and is followed by a renewal of the cycle. The computer-based piece will carry on producing cycle after cycle, always with different audio-visual combinations.
Speciesism | Ageism | Racism is a cinematic generative artwork entirely coded in Processing 3.*, open for participative collaboration from the audience (by submitting their or their animals’ face photos).
The piece on display at the function() festival is a real-time audiovisual capture of several generative cycles, rendered with the latest audience contributions. Each new future exhibition will incorporate all new audience contributions.
Also Hernando Urrutia will be present at this Festival with the video art work “mirarte continuamente” (look at you continuously).