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Spaces of Failure (2014 - ) is a series of photographs and videos produced from the subversion of panoramic apps for smartphones. Instead of following the instructions to get a good image, I try to test the limits of the program, which ends up putting things in the wrong place.

The images are not the result of effects or filters, but they emerge from the clash between the logic of the algorithms and the insurgency performed in the act of photographing. This poetic gesture takes place in the capture of the images and tries to deviate from the automated decisions of the program, modifying the axis of the camera and shifting the point of view during the shots. Even if this attitude maintains a defined intention and the program strives to reach its objectives, it is impossible to predict how the algorithm will stitch the images.

    Marquês de Herval Building (Rio de Janeiro)

The smart algorithms embedded in the panorama applications are similar to those used to mediate our social relationships in digital networks, decide what we find (and what we do not) in internet searches, automatically conduct speculative financial market investments, trace our route in the city via GPS, influence in the political campaigns through digital platforms, among countless other uses of these technologies which, currently, (in)form the contemporary society in an increasingly decisive way. With works as Spaces of Failure, I am interested for the creation of performative acts that subvert the logic of autonomous systems (AI, pervasive computing, big data) applied to the biopolitical control of bodies and perception.

By giving visibility to the work of these algorithms in contemporary imaging machines, failure is assumed as a poetics and a subversive procedure that exposes the logic of code invisibility and shows the patterns that have been driven our way of understanding the world.

algorithms of misDecision in a data-driven society

           Spaces of Failure III (excerpt) 

Heritage of modernity

They seek to call into question the idea of an all (pan) sight (órama), based on the linearity of space, on the hierarchy of bodies, on the single point of view, and on the other codes of representation that emerge with the predecessors of photography and perpetuate themselves in different ways in the cinematographic dispositive, in virtual reality etc.

With the choice of photographing the icons of modern Brazilian architecture and of the obsolete structure of a Brazilian developmentalist project, I seek to remark the role of perspective as a common code for the regimes of representation of technical images and for the functionalist model that guides the design of urban space and architecture.

Latin America Memorial (São Paulo)

These images stem from a investigation about the interactions between the ways of representing and building the world that have been imposed since modernity. It is precisely through the algorithm's failure in this stitching that one can imagine speculative (im)possible spatialities. By choosing to photograph icons of modern Brazilian architecture, I seek to underline the role of perspective as a code that is common to the regimes of representation of technical images and to the functionalist space model that guides modern urban design. The noisy, fragmentary and lacunar images, that arise as landscapes of failure, offer metaphors to ponder on the socio-political incoherencies of the construction of modern cities in the tropics.

In “Spaces of Failure”, the image becomes a representation not only of what is in front of the lens, but, above all, of a performatic gesture through which I put myself on a collision course with the logic of the internal operating structure of these technical apparatuses. With this gesture, I aim to trigger insights that can expand the understanding of what those technologies can be, to beyond the intentions already set by the factory in its design, in the instruction manual and in the manner they are inadvertently incorporated into daily use.

Speculative spaces