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About fito_segrera

Born October 15th 1983 in Cartagena, Colombia, fito_segrera is a New York based contemporary artist whose work focuses on new technologies and digital media. Since he graduated as a Technologist in audiovisual and Multimedia production and fine artist at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University of Bogotá, his creative practice has focused on problematizing around topics such as: the origin of virtual worlds and their effect on real life understanding, the avatar as an extension of the human body and how it acts upon the construction of identity, man-machine integration, transhumanism and wearable technology. His main exhibitions are: COLLISION 20 Boston Ciberarts Gallery 2014, Huston International Performance Biennale 2014, SXSW Austin TX 2014, EYEBEAM New York 2013, AGORA COLLECTIVE CENTER Berlin 2013, Dorkbot NYC 2013, Harvestworks New York 2013, La residencia Tunja 2012, Web 2.0 Espacios alternativos 2012, Ripping mix, burn, rip 2010, Bogotá Biennale 2009. Currently an international Fulbright Scholar and a candidate for an MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons, The New School, New York.

FINAL PROPOSAL / fito_segrera & Ayo Okunseinde

WEARABLE ECOSYSTEMS FOR ALIEN ENVIRONMENTS

On an alien context where the survival possibilities for organic terrestrial beings are deeply-seated on technology, these wearable ecosystems establish a symbiotic link not only between the wearer and the artificially designed devices but also a reciprocal and interdependent relationship between the organic lifeforms contained and the user itself.

A series of modules connect with each other creating a complex system capable of growing and maintaining biologic organisms. The survival of both the wearer and the contained life are intrinsically connected; they depend on each other.

The system acts as a kind of organic computational device in which small insects operate as bits of information that determine the interaction with the user and the external environment.

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About Myself / fito_segrera

My creative practice carries two parallel processes; one of collective analysis that points my attention towards society, culture, religion, science and technology in its exponential evolutionary process. Simultaneously a singular, introspective, existential and strongly intimate process happens within myself, a continuous, conscious, subjective observation; some existential philosophy, eastern thought, trans-humanist theory and even quantum physics support this scan line and self-observation. Both sides of this bifocality are the building blocks of my reality, of the way I relate to the world and understand existence. As a conceptual artist and multimedia producer I design projects that continuously problematize the contemporary individual and collective imaginary. With the use of new media and technology I build theoretical-aesthetic discourses around topics such as: the origin of virtual and their effect on real world understanding, the avatar as an extension of the human body and how it acts upon the construction of digital identity, man-machine integration and all the socio-cultural impact that these have in relationship with the context in which they occur.

Presently I’m very interested in the co-relation between human consciousness (body/mind) and objective reality (space/matter). I see in Physical Computing, as a medium, the possibility of of experimenting with this concepts through the creation of intelligent spaces and human-machine interfaces.

In the past I have worked with arduino and electronic art installations a couple of times, but perhaps it is my project TRANSELEMENTAL (please see link) my most interesting experience with this technology because of the bridge physical computing allowed me to build between the “real world” and “second life” (a virtual world).