Athens Digital Arts Festival (ADAF) is an International Festival which celebrates digital culture through an annual gathering bringing together a global community of artists and audiences.
Yöti, The Algorithmic Portrait Artist
Yöti can be thought of as a deconstructed photobooth. Just like the good old analog photobooths, Yöti takes a few minutes to draw a portrait. During this time, visitors can witness their face slowly being drawn on paper by the plotters.
The installation invites the visitor to reconsider our relation to anticipation and immediateness. This feels particularly relevant in these times of instant gratification through selfies, SnapChat and Instagram.
By purposefully using « outdated » technologies, the installation also questions our relation to obsolescence, ephemerality and permanence.
It also takes interest in our rapport to the physical world. All participants leave with a physical object : a piece of paper bearing their portrait. Virtual, artificial and augmented realities are all fine but sometimes it just feels good to hold on to an actual, tangible object.
BY Jean-Philippe Côté (CA)
Jean-Philippe Côté is an artist based in Montréal (Québec, Canada). His visual and interactive work is always driven by algorithms. Using open source software and pieces of “obsolete” hardware, he puts together interactive installations that bring back a sense of tangibility to this otherwise virtualized world.
Jean-Philippe leverages his early years as an award-winning developer to devise algorithmic approaches to creating art and re-shaping reality. This makes him a respected contributor to the open source community, especially in the fields of creative coding and physical computing.
His subject of choice is the human body which he often draws using micro or macro line segments. While figurative, his creations challenge perception. The viewer’s brain is asked to fill in the gaps and one often needs to change his point of view to fully appreciate the art.
His work has been featured on 3 continents in venues such as the Arsenale di Venezia, Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center, Montreal’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Société des arts technologiques (SAT) or Fukuoka’s Science Museum.