I’m sorry I made you feel that way
Vernissage 14.12.2023 , 6 pm
“I'm sorry I made you feel that way (memories of care)” is an interactive experience and performative self-portrait exploring new possibilities for empathy and care for our hybrid selves.
Martina Menegon’s biometric data collected daily via a wearable smart ring device is linked with an artificial avatar generated via Machine Learning AI. The physical body state - specifically in connection to stress and tiredness - has an immediate and direct impact on its virtual extension. When the artists physical needs are neglected and fatigue or stress sets in, the virtual self-portrait deteriorates, its interactions become increasingly challenging and eventually evolves into abstract behavior.
Accompanying the interactive installation, “I’m sorry I made you feel that way (memories of care).extended” is an iteration specifically created for digital, online and hybrid spaces. Screenshots taken from a live interaction with the work are transformed into virtual sculptures and Augmented Reality experiences.
In linking very personal biometric data to an AI generated avatar, “I'm sorry I made you feel that way (memories of care)” draws attention to our hybrid corporeality and how we can foster care both offline and online. With this intimate and intricate bond Martina Menegon creates a new sense of awareness for our virtual extensions and thereby with our selves.