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.
I'm a freelance web developer working with cultural institutions.
For almost five years I was employed as a CTO in a small yet powerful Moscow-based organisation Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design. I was responsible for all of the digital products around the ecosystem to mention a few: media projects like the-m-all or bigfuture; the institute application; an international architectural competition platform for accepting thousands of applications and some small internal tools like the students' library and archive.
At the same time, I'm teaching at the Rodchenko School of Photography and New Media with a workshop-based course: “Technical Introduction to a Media Art.” During a one-year period students learn about PureData, Max/MSP/Jitter, Arduino, Meteor and other technologies. But my work is not to teach people how to use these programs, but rather to inspire them to hack things around.
Just in case you're interested in technologies I have experience with: Git, Node.js, Meteor.js, d3.js, React.js, SSR, nginx, Electron, Stylus, Jade, ESLint, Mocha, MongoDB, MySQL; Arduino, esp8266, MQTT, PureData, Max/MSP/Jitter and Unity. There is my github.
Currently I'm working on Diane: a public voicemail of a fictional character; and My little PRISM: a tool to observe your friends' social life. Both are internet-based projects that assume user involvement.
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 exhibitions: “Hosting the inhuman” in MOMMA, Moscow, Russia; “89plus: Americans 2017” at LUMA Westbau, Zürich, Switzerland, through September 3rd. Past events
Write me if you have any questions.
Thank you for reading,
Valia