The artwork

AGNOSIS : The Lost Memories…
Dimensions variables
Installation : Brain-computer interface, custom software, digital 3D sculptures
Pièce unique
Courtesy de Rolando J.Carmona

There is a collective agreement, on the idea of gnosis, otherwise referred to as knowledge, as the root from which reality arises and is experienced. In this thread of thought, we accept our perception of reality as a rendered multi-layered superimposition of information over the emptiness of being. Although a big part of the information acquired through experience is kept for later retrieval as memories, a fair amount of it is discarded and lost; rendering absent → Absentmindedness: a term describing the phenomena of the non-capturing of memories due to the lack of attention.

Agnosis: the lost memories, proposes a system which embeds a technological layer over the human biological one. A hybrid composition between the natural and the artificial, hence augmenting the default capabilities of the human body-mind apparatus. The systems uses a brain-computer interface with an embedded camera, it constantly scans the artist’s brain activity and detects  moments where his attention drops. Using this data and algorithms, the system then is able to register  these moments of absence, both as brainwaves information and images. In parallel, by using accessible technologies such as online image recognition / tagging services and google’s search suggestion engine, the system, autonomously, analyzes and interprets these memories.

As a result, all lost memories are rendered as abstract sculptures in a 3D virtual world (digital  monoliths) and an autonomously generated log book is produced and printed (machine thoughts / interpretations of the lost memories).

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The artist

Fito Segrera is an artist, technologist and Head of Research/Creation at Chronus Art Center, Shanghai. He studied fine arts and audiovisual / Multimedia production at Jorge Tadeo Lozano University of Bogotá, Colombia and completed a MFA in Design and Technology with honors at Parsons, The New School, New York, while being a Fulbright Scholar from 2013 until 2015. His current research and creative practice appropriates elements from transhumanism, digital humanities, artificial intelligence, monism and modern physics while using physical computing, software programming and information & telecommunication technologies to inquiry in fundamental ontological questions regarding the nature of reality and the physicality of the universe. His main exhibitions are: West Bund Art Center Shanghai 2015, SIGGRAPH 2014 Canada, Collision 20 & 21 at Boston Ciberarts Gallery 2014, Huston International Performance Biennale 2014, SXSW Austin TX 2014, EYEBEAM New York 2013, Agora Collective Center Berlin 2013, Dorkbot NYC 2013, Harvestworks New York 2013, Salon Regional de Artistas del Caribe, Web 2.0 Espacios alternativos 2012, Ripping mix, burn, rip 2010, Bogotá Biennale 2009.