The proposed project "YOU AND AI" expands the boundaries of technology and self. It focuses on decoding people's emotional states through facial expressions, ignoring quality characteristics such as gender/age/color/race. The focus is on humans' facial expressions and emotions as these can be interpreted by a machine. Is a comment on anonymity violation as it exposes the private/individual experience to a public dialogue, giving back the choice to people on how and if they want to participate. The artwork has a dual existence. As an installation, in which a mirror film with slits like a vagina for enter-exit, divides the space in two. In the inside space, there is a mirror column with an LCD panel at face height to display digital participants. There happens the interaction between a physical participant and the digital projection of the artist's face through AI recognition of their expressions. The values of the interpreted emotional state on each dt shape the soundscape. The camera opens in real time and the program starts AI emotion recognition, exporting data for seven emotions. Their value for each dt controls seven audio libraries. Each emotion controls its own intensity and that of others, plays on a random spot in the panoramic landscape or stereo, and what dominates each moment pushes the others through compressors. The transmitter and receiver are in dialogue as the transmitter produces to activate the receiver and the activated receiver affects the content that the transmitter will then produce. It is an endless communication with emotion based sounds and sound based graphics. In outer space, there are reflections of physical participants on mirror film and prismatic visuals projected upon them, activated by the soundscape, reflect simultaneous and complex emotional human experiences.
Born in 1996 in Thessaloniki, Christina Kapetaniou completed her master's degree at the Department of Sound and Visual Arts of the Ionian University of Corfu in February 2022. She graduated with honors, in 2019, from the Department of Fine and Applied Arts of the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where she had entered in 2012-13 as a talent. During 2017-2018, she studied at Fine Arts University, Belgrade, Serbia – BFA painting/graphic studies and in Academia di Belle Arti, Macerata, Italy – MFA painting studies, through the scholarships Erasmus+ International and Erasmus+ respectively. She has participated in group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. In 2012, she received the Certificat De Fin D' 'Etudes Pour Dessin-Peinture by ABC De Paris Athens, in which she had completed 3-year distant studies through the ‘Albert Schweitcher’ Scholarship gained in 2009.