In a collaboration with the Municipal Foundation of Culture, Education and Popular University of Gijón/Xixón, the Embassy of Canada in Spain and Québec Office in Barcelona, Faces arrives at Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto, an interactive installation created by Montreal-based digital art studio Iregular.
Using Artificial Intelligence, the piece tracks the facial traits of participants standing in front of a screen, and then unifies and aligns them to create an ever-changing 3D portrait of a single digital being.
Faces is an eerie amalgamation of images from strange dreams. We’ve long dreamt of physically reconnecting with people in the past years, and we now have the opportunity to do it again. This artwork reminds us of the importance of such connections, by creating a collective human being made up from bits and pieces of all participants.
Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto
Until May 21
Monday – Friday
17:30 to 20:30 h.
Saturday 12:00 to 14:00 h.
& 17:30 to 20:30 h.
Sunday 12:00 to 14:00 h.
Together with LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, and in collaboration with EMAP, L.E.V. Festival presents Hardly Working, by media guerrilla Austrian collective Total Refusal (Susanna Flock, Adrian Haim, Jona Kleinlein, Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner, Michael Stumpf). An audiovisual installation with a clear political content, where the main characters in the film are NPCs, non-playable characters who always play supporting roles in video games.
These digital extras don’t have any relevant roles in the plot, but their work is analyzed with ethnographic accuracy in this piece. The audience observes how the actions of a laundress, a stableman, a street sweeper, and a handyman don’t generate any change, product or social benefit; but are performed in the story for the sake of appearances to ensure a social order.
NPCs are digital Sisyphus machines that have no perspective of breaking out of their activity loops. But in the moments when the algorithm of their existence shows inconsistencies, the NPCs break out of the logic of total normality, display their own faultiness, and appear touchingly human.
LABoral Centro de Arte.
Galería de Exposiciones
Until June 24
Wednesday – Friday
10:00 h. to 19:00 h.
12:00 h. to 19:00 h.