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 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.
The Worst was an algorithm that analyzed all the pages of an early web 2.0 community of amateur photographers. That was a time when everybody was adding strange user features to their websites. This community was regulated by a technical ability to rate each other participants' photos in a range from 2 to 5, like in a school. The algorithm that I used counted users' lowest marks and selected the worst, or in other words, the one hundred most hated photos.
One of the main reasons to make this algorithm was its unpredictable result: I was really intrigued to see what would come out in the end of the sorting process.
Slide 01 of 05. Photo: Ioakim Mufoposail. Screenshot: club.foto.ru
Slide 02 of 05. Photo: йцукенъ. Screenshot: club.foto.ru
Slide 03 of 05. Photo: VarAn. Screenshot: club.foto.ru
Slide 04 of 05. Photo: Ioakim Mufoposail. Screenshot: club.foto.ru
Slide 05 of 05. Photo: NeoromantikA. Screenshot: club.foto.ru
Special thanks to Vasily Klenov, who wrote the algorithm and made the project possible: at the time I didn't have any idea of how to do it.
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