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SpY: AI and “Data” For Light Show at LUZMADRID

SpY: AI and “Data” For Light Show at LUZMADRID

Every time you hear “artificial intelligence” you think of Becky Thompson from you 9th –grade Earth Science class. Admit it.

But this is an entirely different interpretation of artificial intelligence from SpY.

SpY. “Data”. LuzMadrid. International Festival of Light 2021. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Ruben P. Bescos)

Madrid public artist appears to be on a winning streak this fall, thanks perhaps to so many detailed plans he laid during lockdown with COVID. This night light show called “DATA”, which he did for the International Festival of Light called LUZMADRID this fall maximizes a slim slice of the urban nighttime view, and he intends it to be an immersive audio-visual experience.

We’re excited to hear about Spain’s first light festival – and we have a little friendly advice: Don’t let the advertisers take it over the curatorial decisions because before you know it they’ll be project toothpaste tubes up this alley. No one will listen to us, but we feel better saying it.

SpY. “Data”. LuzMadrid. International Festival of Light 2021. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Ruben P. Bescos)

DATA, says SpY, “offers a reflection on the rapid and widespread inclusion of algorithms in numerous aspects of our lives. In this audio-visual work, digital abstraction is used to explore and interpret how predictive tools operated through algorithms and artificial intelligence are highly beneficial in terms of aspects such as communication, research, and medicine, but can also lead us to lose some of our freedoms if they are not used ethically.”

Which was precisely what you would have guessed, right?

SpY tells us that he wanted to explore new tools like holographic fabrics to alter the graphics, saying that they somehow appeared “weightless”. He created a 15-meter high screen made from this fabric and installed it in one of the smaller streets, embuing the experience with something magic, and possibly otherworldly for the audience on the street.

SpY. “Data”. LuzMadrid. International Festival of Light 2021. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Ruben P. Bescos)
SpY. “Data”. LuzMadrid. International Festival of Light 2021. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Ruben P. Bescos)
SpY. “Data”. LuzMadrid. International Festival of Light 2021. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Ruben P. Bescos)
SpY. “Data”. LuzMadrid. International Festival of Light 2021. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Ruben P. Bescos)
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