• 6 février 2020

Alter Ego

Alter Ego

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Previsualization. All images are simulated.
© 2020 Alter Ego, Prototype. Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules.


Alter Ego is a video installation reflecting on the use of social medias and the rise of artificial intelligence in our democracies. The artwork is presenting massive amounts of images uploaded live by millions of users of the social network Instagram, using most popular hashtags.

Hundreds of photos are quickly exposed as they take the form of deepfake “influencers”, human faces that have been generated by Artificial Intelligence. As they navigate the virtual space, audiences are left wondering what is simply altered or completely fabricated.

A performance version of the project is also available [Influenced].

Materials 1-3 flatscreen monitors, two computers
Dimensions Flatscreens must be at least 55 inches.
Running Time Indeterminate. Generative composition.
Setup 1 to 3 Flatscreen monitors are exposed vertically in an exhibit space.

The video system uses Instagram API to capture in real-time hundreds of photos of the most popular hashtags. A High-speed internet connection for constant streaming is required.

The video installation can be interactive on demand using a touchscreen device.

Credits Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules [push1stop.com]
Programming Mitchell Bundy

© 2020 Alter Ego, Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules, still Images.

© 2020 Alter Ego, Prototype. Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules.