Fragile Memories (Almost Human, Chapter 2)

Fragile Memories" is a collection of 12 video art vignettes that explore the ephemeral nature of dance as a powerful metaphor for a way that our memories are formed, distorted and erased.
Human memories are not fixed and unchanging. Every time we recall a memory, our brain reconstructs and reinterprets it, a process called memory reconsolidation. This process not only influences how we remember but also has a significant impact on the authenticity of our recollections. The very act of remembering something can alter, modify or even erase parts of that memory. These art pieces embrace the fragility, uncertainty, and flexibility inherent in our perception of the past, to highlight the delicate balance between preserving and transforming our personal experiences.

This is part of Almost Human, an ongoing audio/visual project that subverts the concept of human identity in a world where technology is gaining the capacity to uncontrollably change society, culture, and our very species itself. By introducing a non-human creative collaborator, the project aims to provide a fresh and more objective perspective on how our minds and bodies work.

  • Dr Formalyst
    Direction, Video Art, Music
  • Irina Angles
    Choreography, Dance
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
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    Digital / CGI / AI
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Director Biography

I’m a visual artist and an AI minimalist.
Over my 25-year practice as an architect, designer, coder and design professor, I developed a keen interest in the psychology of aesthetics—why are our brains wired to perceive things as beautiful or intriguing? This led me to establish an alter ego, Dr. Formalyst, to explore how visual elements, in their pure form, impact our perception and emotions.
I live and work in Madrid.

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Director Statement

I am particularly interested in generating a discordance in viewers by contrasting the emotions elicited by a work's form with those arising from what the work actually portrays.
I work primarily in video, combining CGI and AI.
By using carefully staged 3D visuals to guide AI, I retain complete aesthetic control during the creative process, aiming to convey ideas using the fewest elements possible.
Restraint is hard while working with AI, but being a veteran designer, minimalism for me is not a style but a necessity. Anything that’s not crucial to form or concept becomes a mere decoration and -for me- a sign of creative sloppiness.