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ECCE Robot

Al Festival dei due Mondi di Spoleto ‘Ecce Robot’, una performance dedicata alla scienza e, nello specifico, all’intelligenza artificiale, al Teatro Caio Melisso, con la premiazione di due ricercatrici.

Musica e sound design per l’evento, il documentario e l’installazione Neural Mirror


In a immersive, contemplative environment, the visitors at first glance experience the installation as a normal mirror. But the viewers’ image soon leaves room to ephemeral, rainbow-coloured clouds of points, generated by the artificial intelligence. The AI’s interpretation of the viewer obscures the mirror and becomes the viewer’s new reflection, making the AI the co-creator of the installation. Information such as: sex, physical characteristics, emotional states and demographic references are registered and translated into a flow of information processed in real time by the AI. The data is then transmitted to custom-designed plotters, that, similar to “computerized scribes”, write out the gathered data with a pen onto massive rolls of paper, as singular strings of JSON code. The recorded data is visible and well declared to the users so that they can see in real time the data being captured. The whole experience is designed as a data stream that flows between the viewers and their analogue reflection, a brief digital benevolent alter ego that returns to the viewer as a river of printed data stream.

  • Client: Fondazione Carla Fendi
  • Date: summer – 2019
  • Category: art installation
  • Sound design: Mario Salvucci
  • Credits: creative coding Giulio Pernice, sound design Mario Salvucci, Vincenzo Pedata light design assistant, Carlo Cifarelli plotter engineering, photos copyright owned by Cristina Vatielli, shooting and editing video So What Pictures