AGNOSIA
2021
Generative Audiovisual

The human experience of reality is marked by cycles, loops and transformations.Our embodied knowledge of buildings, smells, domestic spaces and relationships influences the creation of our new memories. The opposite is true, new memories inform our knowledge of the past.
AGNOSIA is a new media installation that harnesses the elusive process of memory making. Featuring a custom-built two screen layout and projected visuals drawn from EEG readings of the artist’s brainwaves, AGNOSIA renders the artist’s memories, sensory responses and spatial experiences both visible and audible to its audience.
The biometric data the installation is based on is drawn from the artist by exposing him to stimuli (video, photos and artworks) that trigger memories that hold great emotional significance presented to him.
The collected data is used to train an artificial intelligence algorithm. This creative code generates looping audiovisual outcomes in real time, manifesting as the installation’s dynamic material.
The result is a multi-dimensional artwork composed of the inner physical and emotional states of the artist, visualized as alternative realities. Scientific and medical data, computer software algorithms and artificial intelligence combine to redefine the way the mind functions, inspiring new possibilities for art to reveal the deepest reaches of the inner-self.




Part installation, part time-based new media, AGNOSIA exists at the intersection of art, science and technology. Through the juxtaposition of visual elements, sound and sensory responses, the work creates an immersive experience that explores the connections between human memories, the definition of time, bodily reactions and spatial perception.
AGNOSIA uses an EEG brainwave scanner that collects biological data in real time while specific documented memories from the past are presented to the artist.
The collected data is used to train an artificial intelligence algorithm to control the playback and generate audiovisual elements. A software developed in Touchdesigner that processes collected data with creative programming techniques will generate new point clouds based on previously 3D scanned spaces[b]. This process will produce the visual element of the installation and will continuously regenerate, making new models that explore spatial memory.
The result is a multi-dimensional artwork made of the inner physical and emotional states of the artist, visualized as alternative realities. Scientific and medical data, computer software algorithms and artificial intelligence combine to redefine the functionalities of mind, inner-self and spatial formations.

Exhibitions:
2021 | Asia Now art fair | Paris, France.
2022 | Factory 04 | Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

The project is supported by the Canada Council of Arts & City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.