Artist in Residence
DataPitch entered a STARTS competition to host an artist in residence to develop new ways to engage with data. The increasing ubiquity of computing devices, empowered and connected to each other via high-bandwidth Internet – recording every aspect of life – is driving a new industrial revolution. This revolution is centred around the availability of, and access to, ever increasing amounts of data. In order for our societies to embrace and truly unlock this potential, data must entertain as well as inform. Through artistic approaches, we want to expand the reach of data-driven innovation technologies into mainstream cultural, economic and societal perspectives.
The winning approach focuses on an algorithm capable of self-learning, to replenish lost fragments of friezes and sculptures. Based on an analysis of models, the algorithm generates models, which are then 3D printed in various materials and used to fill the voids of the original sculptures and their copies. The synthetic intelligence that tends to faithfully restore original forms, also produces bizarre errors and algorithmic speculative interpretations of, familiar to us, Hellenistic and Roman aesthetics, revealing a machine understanding of human antiquity. This winning approach was developed by Egor Kraft.
Artist in Residence
Interdisciplinary artist Egor Kraft (b. 1986, St.Petersburg) currently lives and works in Moscow & Berlin. Egor acquired his education in media arts from Rodchenko School, The Academy of Arts Vienna, Central St.Martins College and ‘The New Normal’ programme at Strelka Institute. As an artistic method he looks for ways to produce work which sit on the boundaries between realities and their virtual misrepresentations. He participated in The 5th Moscow Biennial for Young Art, Ars Electronica, Impakt Festival, ‘Open Codes’ in ZKM, and other museum and solo shows interationally. Egor was nominated for Innovation Prize, Kuryokhin Prize, Creative Enterprise Award (UK) and the Pulsar Prize (FRA). His works are in international private and public collections. In 2017 he was included in the New East 100, a list of people, places and projects shaping our world today by Calvert Journal (UK).