Dear Visitor,
My name is Valia Fetisov . I'm a media artist and software engineer interested in the intersection of social psychology and technology. More specifically, my passion is constructing artificial situations to explore people's reactions. If you don't want to read further, here is an old video that introduces my work.
Currently I'm working on my postgraduate project at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. Recent works include User flow – a research-based project conducted on Social Credit System and Call to action – an interactive installation currently exhibited in Venice.
But the key work for understanding the origins of my interests is still the Installation of experience (2011). It is a room with an automatic door at the entrance, which closes each time someone comes in, so people are trapped there for an unknown amount of time with no instructions for how to get out.
Some of my other works include: a voicemail community Diane (2017); an online-activity tracker of my friends Be my friend (2016); a way of entering into a video surveillance system Control yourself (2012); and Paranoiapp (2015), a tool for social psychology experiment in the form of a mobile application.
For Control Yourself I used the existing surveillance system of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, and also installed several additional CCTV cameras to fully cover the exhibition space. Videos were transmitted from every camera to wireless video glasses in real time. Anyone could put them the glasses on, find himself in the image and then try to walk through the museum halls. Thus, the exhibition space would become virtual for the viewer, who would find himself an object and a subject of his own interest at the same time.
As it turned out, it is very difficult to use this image to orient in the space. The imperceptible restriction is the difference between one's sensation and the information obtained from the image.
Slide 01 of 02. View through the video glasses during the “Co-Workers” exhibition, 2015. Photo: © Brian du Halgouet
Slide 02 of 02. Installation view during the “Co-Workers” exhibition, 2015. Photo: © Brian du Halgouet
Current exhibition: “Time, Forward!” at the V—A—C Zattere in Venice, Italy, till October 20. Past events
Write me if you have any questions.
Thank you for reading,