Photo credit: Ivan Peykov

Albena Baeva and Rene Beekman

interactive installation, 2016

web camera, computer, custom electronics, plywood.

Aya is an interactive installation, created out of discarded technology. It uses an old webcam and facial recognition algorithms to try to make “eye contact” with the visitor. When it does, it starts reciting fragments of texts by Serbian writer Milorad Pavić, turning them into a monologue of unrequited love.

Aya was created specially for the exhibtion Friendly Little Creatures, curated by Albena Baeva and Rene Beekman.

Aya was featured in the article Affective Assemblages: Facial Recognition and the Search for Love by Stefka Hristova.

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