Fito_segrera is an artist, technologist and Head of Research/Creation at Chronus Art Center, Shanghai. He studied fine arts and audiovisual / Multimedia production at Jorge Tadeo Lozano University of Bogota¡, Colombia and completed a MFA in Design and Technology with honors at Parsons, The New School, New York, while being a Fulbright Scholar from 2013 until 2015. His current research and creative practice appropriates elements from digital philosophy, artificial intelligence, monism and modern physics while using physical computing, software programming and information/telecommunication technologies to inquiry in fundamental ontological questions regarding the nature of reality and the physicality of the universe. Some of his most recent shows include “I am here to learn: On Machinic Interpretations of the World”, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany, 2018, “UNREAL: The Algorithmic Present”, House of Electronic Arts (HEK), Basel, Switzerland, 2017 & Chronus Art Center, Shanghai, 2017, “VARIATIONS” Paris, France, 2016, “PLUNC Festival” Lisbon, Portugal, 2016, “Migrating Fronteers”, Chronus Art Center, Shanghai, China, 2016/2015, “Shanghai Art and Design Fair”, West Bund Art Center, Shanghai, China, 2016, “SIGGRAPH”, Vancouver, Canada, 2014, “Collision 20 & 21”, Boston Ciberarts Gallery, Boston, U.S.A, 2014, “Huston International Performance Biennale”, Huston, U.S.A, 2014, “SXSW”, Austin, U.S.A, 2014, “Emoji”, EYEBEAM, New York, U.S.A, 2013, “Dorkbot”, New York, U.S.A, 2013, Harvestworks, New York, 2013.
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Artists from the 16th and 17th centuries were often concerned about the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. Vanitas are symbolic representations of these early existential anxieties. These artworks were visual compositions of objects in dark and closed spaces; typically used as funerary art reminding of the brevity of life and suddenness of death. One could easily refer to these as some kind of mortorious still life paintings.