• 6 février 2020

Alter Ego

Alter Ego

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© 2020 Alter Ego. Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules. All rights reserved.


Alter Ego is a video installation that provokes thoughts and discussions about the increasing role technology and artificial intelligence play in the course of humanity.

Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules turns the technology back on itself, hacking Instagram’s API to expose an unfiltered glimpse of human activity before it is skewered by an algorithm. Images posted in real-time under popular hashtags are rearranged to take the form of AI-generated “influencer” faces. The multi-layered work invites the viewer to reflect on the extent to which humans are both intertwined with technology and manipulated by it.

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

Text by Jonny Tiernan.

Materials 1-3 Flatscreens, 2 computers
Dimensions Flatscreens must be at least 55 inches.
Running Time Indeterminate. Generative composition.
Setup 1 to 3 Flatscreen monitors are installed 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.

Other format such as video wall display or video projection can be discussed with the artist.

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

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

© 2020 Alter Ego. Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules. All rights reserved.