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 a video that introduces my work.
Currently I'm working on Diane: a public voicemail of a fictional character; and Be my friend: a tool to observe your friends' social life. Both are internet-based projects that assume user involvement.
Diane is a fictional character that you can speak to. You can send her audio messages using your phone as you would to anyone else. On the next day you will receive her public voicemail consisting of audio messages sent by other users.
This is a simple way to speak to non-human matter and see how other people interact with it. Feel free to try out the public alpha version of diane.ai
Slide 01 of 04. Waiting room
Slide 02 of 04. Confessional room
Slide 03 of 04. Confessional room
Slide 04 of 04. Computer behind transparent curtain
In the exhibition space the work represented as a confessional box. Visitors passing the red-lighted room and entering human-sized confession box are welcomed by voice of the Diane. A fictional characted that doesn“t exist, but have an ability of being addressed by people in their monologues. Created conditions work in way that many visitors leave there their dreams, memories and thoughts on their life.
But the key work for understanding the direction of my interests is 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.
To get deeper into my story, I started to work in the field in 2010 with a project called The Worst: I explored an existing photographic website by collecting the worst images according to the community rankings. I was interested in the phenomenon of leftovers or in the ability of a community to force out some specific materials.
Some of my other works include: Space of a sound (2011), a distributed sound trap; Control yourself (2012), a way of entering into a video surveillance system; and Paranoiapp (2015), a tool or social psychology experiment in the form of a mobile application.
Current exhibition: “Electric Comma” in Palazzo delle Zattere, Venice, Italy, through April 8th. Past events
Write me if you have any questions.
Thank you for reading,
Valia