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Liliana Farber – Anonymous

Anonymous, by Liliana Farber, is a collaborative video installation about storytelling, old and new technologies, and the way these influence language and information flows. Viewers/users, an A.I algorithm, a 1700’s famous writer, and the artist, battle to create meaning of abstract language. Together, they rewrite an iconic colonial book.

In Anonymous, a voice generated by a machine learning algorithm trained with the artist’s voice, recites a story created by compiling and ordering messages sent with Blue Vessel, while two videos display virtual voyages around the globe in Google Earth. Robinson Crusoe’s voyage and Alexander Selkirk’s voyage (which castaway accounts as inspiration for Defoe’s story).

*For AOS, the two-channel video installation was modified to fit the browser experience.

Blue Vessel, a project commissioned by Arebyte in 2017, is a mobile web app hosted on a server located on a flagless ship drifting on international waters. The app invites users to write anonymous web messages on an interface powered by a machine learning algorithm trained on the book “Robinson Crusoe” by Daniel Defoe.

Liliana Farber investigates ways the virtual redefines the physical world. Using custom-made software and collected material from Internet, she creates images, installations, and interactive works. These are product of research-based processes and condense an abundance of information into unsuccessful data visualizations. Farber is interested in the politics imbedded in the algorithms we use daily, and in her work, she highlights their design ramifications. She builds interfaces that celebrate chaos, and experiences that use frustration as strategy. As potential cartographies of space between the online and offline worlds, her artworks evoke existential reflections to a world co-habited by humans and algorithms.

Farber (b. 1983 Uruguay) is a visual artist based in New York. She received an MFA from Parsons School of Design, previously she completed the Postgraduate Fine Art Studies at the Hamidrasha School of Art in Israel and holds a B.A in Graphic Design from O.R.T University in Uruguay. Farber had solo shows at Arebyte gallery, London; Dodecá Center, Marte UpMarket gallery, and at the Education and Culture Ministry in Montevideo, Uruguay. She participated in collective shows at Glassbox Art Space, Paris; Ars Electronica Festival, Austria; WRO Media Art Biennale, Poland; FILE Festival, Brazil; The National Museum of Visual Arts, Uruguay; Raw Art Gallery, Tel Aviv; Katonah Museum of Art, NY; MECA Mediterráneo Centro Artístico, Spain; and National Museum of Fine Arts, Chile. She received the Network Culture Award from the Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival, Germany; The Art and Technology Award from the Montevideo City Hall, Uruguay; and the Prize for Excellence in Art from the Ministry of Immigration, Israel.

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