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.
Paranoiapp is a social-psychology experiment in the form of a mobile application and an algorithm of users' interaction. The project is based on the fear of losing your own privacy. But unlike others, we want to aggravate that fear to see what happens in the future.
To take part in the experiment you need to install the application on your mobile phone. After being installed the app continuously leaks your geolocation data and sends this information to another user that is chosen by the algorithm.
The aim of the algorithm is to choose only a few people to follow for a whole city. In addition to that we also provide a communication layer for users who have a common target so that they can collaborate with each other in a chat to plan further actions.
Slide 01 of 02. Paranoiapp screens
Slide 02 of 02. Installation view
The project was made in collaboration with eeefff group (Dzina Zhuk and Nicolay Spesivtsev). Design: Maxim Karalevich. Application development: Anastasia Sologub, Kirill Horhulev, Eugene Shibeko, Vladimir Artyukhov, Gleb Dremyk. More info on the project website
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,