Conceived as a visual performance, the installation "Do you see me" engages with current discussions, evaluating the opportunities and risks of artificial intelligence and putting forward the point that discourse should initially focus on reflective interpersonal communication.
For her visual performance, computer scientist and media artist Valeria Zitz uses the smart lamp Estelle, an everyday object, acting as a mute observer of human interaction. As Estelle notes, in place of romance, naivety and misunderstanding can escalate into serious dispute, which is almost impossible to resolve without a constructive culture of debate. The use of AI annuls the lamp’s passive role, allowing it to enter into a dialogue with other lamps – based on universal codes on the textile lampshade – representing humankind’s culture of conversation handed down thus far. In so doing, Valeria Zitz holds a mirror up to man, making it clear that successful communication among the human species is essential, as otherwise, within a digital romanticism, only the mistakes of analogue human communication will continue.
Valeria Zitz was born in Crailsheim in 1994 and studied Culture Media Technology at the University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe. In addition to film projects, Valeria Zitz expanded her artistic spectrum by studying media and communication informatics, which introduced her to the field of human-machine communication and artificial intelligence. She came to light art through her work as a VJane focusing on live content generation.
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