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.
For the past 7 years I worked for the Garage Museum archive department in Moscow (2 years) and Strelka Institute (5 years). Most of my work was focused around Full stack and Frontend development of internal tools, websites for special projects like the-m-all or bigfuture, an international architectural competition platform used by thousands of applicants. I also take analitics and data-visualisation as freelance projects.
At the same time, I'm still teaching at the Rodchenko School of Photography and New Media in Moscow with a workshop-based course: “Technical Introduction to a Media Art.” In this course, during a one-year period students learn about web scraping, interactive and 3D interfaces, internet-connected-devices and much more. But my job is not to teach students how to use these programs, but rather inspire them and lower the barrier.
Just in case you're interested in technologies I have experience with: git, node.js, react.js, d3.js, python, opencv, nginx, docker, electron, MongoDB, MySQL; arduino, esp8266, MQTT, PureData, Max/MSP/Jitter, Unity 3D and Fusion 360. Here is my github account.
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.
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,