From the collaboration between Sónar+D and the hotel brand ME by Meliá arises a connection that unites both brands with avant-garde artistic imaginaries generating shared creative universes.
As a result of this fusion, appears the collaboration with the artist Memo Akten, who exhibited his “Deep Meditations” piece at ME London in April in May, and now you can experience at Sónar+D.
The Deep Meditations installation by Memo Akten invites us to contemplate. For this piece, the artist has fed an artificial neural network with internet images labeled as “everything”, and images labeled with concepts like “universe”, “love”, “art”, “life”, or “faith”, however, the neural network processes the pictures according to the aesthetic content.
Using bespoke tools, the artist makes a meticulous exploration of the images that mutate slowly to the rhythm of a soundtrack equally created from prayers and spiritual chants scraped from Youtube, so that the neural network blends all the sounds into one.
This visual and sonic meditation oscillates between abstract and representational, hyper-real and painterly to induce the audience in a contemplation state, inviting them to reconstruct the images and imagine their own stories.
Artist, researcher and coder, Memo Akten uses computation as an artistic medium, finding inspiration in the worlds of science, technology, nature, ethics, and spirituality. Currently he is a PhD candidate investigating human-machine interaction with the aim of facilitating the creative collaboration between humans and machines.