A series of images born through the breeding of living and non-living elements, created with artificial intelligence image generators and processed through analog photography. Inspired by the Uncanny Valley theory -and the simultaneous emotional response of awe and eerie, that these visual stimuli provoke-, and by viruses –which are on the verge of what is considered to be a living being-. This work researches the Uncanny Valley theory, through the generation of entities that are in-between life, that look familiar and totally unfamiliar at the same time. It also investigates the anthropomorphism of machines and technology and the emotional bond that formulates -in this case, between a female artist, her laptop, the internet and AI algorithms- which give the artist an essence of collaboration with something alive.

BY  Vanessa Ferle (GR)

“An interdisciplinary female human, born by the sea, combining arts, design and science; through experimentations, correlations, and collisions.” Vanessa Ferle is an artist, graphic designer and neuroscientist. She has studied biology and neuroscience at School of Science of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and at Medical School of Athens, and digital arts and new media at Athens School of Fine Arts and University Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis. She is combining her interdisciplinary interests in art projects and artistic research. Her research focuses on the affective side of art in correlation to anthropomorphism. In specific, her focus is on the representation of animals per se and on the animal essence that automation, machines and smart technologies infuse into digital art, and the emotional response of humans to this “animal-effect”. She has present her works of VR, AR, digital images, experimental and animation film in various festivals.