Our brains thrive to anticipate the future in scientific or mystic form, from meteorology to divination or plain betting. As minimal as the chances are, we try to beat the odds. Since the statistical anomaly of 1 in a million stated by Drake’s equation of life rising on earth beat any random chance record one can only indulge such an attraction. Our anticipation of the future is based on images of the present and the past. We break the images into little pieces, combine them and build an image set in the future. The future in our mind is built from the past forming a paradoxical Ouroboros, always desiring to breathe the new, ever condemned to entangle the past.
Pixels from a past future reunites works developed by students and teachers of the UNATC, National University for Theatre and Film Bucharest, from the MA of Interactive Technologies for Media and Performing Arts and the MA New Media Design, works developed during 2021-2022. The works aspire to visualize empathy and closeness and to reverberate to a fading nature through capturing the presence of the visitor into the flow of data. Memories are brought again to life in pixel form, bringing new scares. Are we captive to our past as a Narcis to its image, or can we emerge anew? Recent events question more and more our order, raising the need for a new deal with ourselves and the planet. Are we able to draft it? Did we start to dream about it? Is it already written?
Cristina Bodnărescu (RO)
Be it water littering, air or noise pollution, humans are responsible for all the decay taking over life itself. Artificial Ocean is an interactive sound installation that unravels the effects of our toxic positioning in the Anthropocene.
Narcissus in the Digital Era
Denis Flueraru (RO)
An interactive digital installation that transposes the face into a digital confined space.
The Particle Composer
Denis Flueraru (RO)
While air pollution keeps increasing drastically and faster than ever before due to construction sites, cars and our toxic lifestyles in general, the particle matter has become so present that it can commonly be seen floating around or more recently having a tangible effect on our lives.
Encounter with a Stranger
Tudor Dobrescu (RO), Diana Chiru (RO), Denis Flueraru (RO), Constantin Simon (RO)
As thoughts race through an elastic framework, their speed and frequency breathe perception into the mind. This mind will therefore contract and dilate. When allowing a texture as physical as thought to make its way through the labyrinth, its traces not only inhabit its corridors, but also design its surroundings.
U ∙ N ∙ I VERSE
Diana Chiru (RO)
You are not just a human experiencing the universe, you are the universe experiencing itself. An audio-reactive particles installation that visitors can interact with.
The Rhythm of Data
Dilara Buran (DE)
The installation brings the sonification and data visualization of real time data tracking of estimated soil erosion and deforestation, providing a poignant rhythmic image of the degradation of our planet.
Mihai Barbu (RO), Andrei Cristian Florea (RO)
The Empatree is based on a personality-like questionnaire. The result of the questionnaire is the personality of the participant reflected through a tree.
Dragoș Dogioiu (RO)
Anamnesis is a VR experience that deals with the distinctively subjective perception of reality that is inherent to children. By exploring three different episodes from the life of the author, the project shows real events that are enhanced by the power of imagination.
„Who are you?“ was developed with the support of an AFCN Grant “White Imprint”. The work does not represent the point of view of the AFCN.