More and more often art and technology complement and influence each other, becoming the perfect union between creativity and innovation. This is the case of the Neural Mirror installation curated by the interactive design studio Ultravioletto, a pioneering project in the field of Artificial Intelligence and robotics, promoted by the Carla Fendi Foundation on the occasion of the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto.
In this context, Ultravioletto proposes a reflection on the new technologies that will dominate the future, identifying the privileges and opportunities, but also the risks. Perception is one of the fundamental aspects in the field of research on man-robot interaction: Artificial Intelligence aims to replicate the dynamics with which the human mind works.
Artificial intelligence detects the stimuli and characteristics of animated and inanimate objects within a space:
“Neural Mirror is an interactive installation in which Artificial Intelligence is the protagonist: a mirroring sentient interface that perceives, interprets and processes the image of the observer”.
Inside the immersive installation (which aesthetically resembles Radiohead’s House of Cards video), the visitor, placed in front of mirrored interfaces, is scanned and transformed into a point cloud by an algorithm. In this way, the physical body is translated into a flow of information reworked in real time by the IA, concerning: emotional states, sex, personal information and much more.
By implementing a sort of virtual identikit, the physical data is transcribed and printed through specially designed plotters. And so the biological self becomes an avatar, taking the form of a tangible graphic sign, within an experience that blends materiality and abstraction.
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