For humanization of technology

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RUK x DDTlab International Residency Program: Sofia Crespo

05.07.2021 18:00

Sofia Crespo is currently hosted by PiNA, at the international art residency of the RUK network. Her project SubAquatic songs_ Aquaformations explore the extensive changes in the sea environments caused by our anthropogenic presence, attempting to envision how it, the new conditions, reflect on their inhabitants.

The project connects the fields of art, marine biology, artificial intelligence, and sound. Specifically, how environmental changes, be they in short (biological) or long (geological) time are recorded in the ocean as »memories«; and how through the combination of modern technology with a strong narrative (and poetic) reflection can serve as an empathic opportunity.

Sofia Crespo is an artist working on envisioning Artificial Life and generative lifeforms as a digital art practice, her practice is driven by a huge interest in biologically-inspired technologies, such as deep learning. One of her main focal points is the way organic life uses artificial mechanisms to simulate itself and evolve. This implies the idea that technologies are a biased product of the organic life that created them and not a completely separated object. On the side, she is also hugely concerned with the dynamic change in the role of the artists working with machine learning techniques. With an interest in the workings of the human brain, Crespo looks at the similarities between the techniques of AI image formation, and the way that humans express themselves creatively, and cognitively recognize their world. Her works have been featured at Nvidia’s GTC AI Gallery, Ars Electronica Gallery Spaces Garden, Futurium and have been exhibited around the world both physically and digitally.