[ISEA2022] Institutional Presentation: Fabiane Borges, Rafael Frazão, Lívia Diniz & Tiago Pimentel — Oneirocracy, Pandemic and Cyborg Dreams

Institutional Presentation Statement 

CCCB Auditorium, June 14th. Session: Machines, politics and sustainability

Keywords: dreams, onirism, technopolitics, cosmotechnics, spectrology, pandemic archive, unconscious, algorithms

With the sewing of theoretical fragments as a starting point, we have structured a small framework for a “network of unconsciouses”. A conceptual provocation that articulates human, nature and technology, promoting the idea of the unconscious as a complex environment, in constant change. An intuitive, transversal, multitemporal and multispecific communication that goes beyond objectiveness. An unconscious which does not exist exclusively within the human, but also in the invisible fabric between things. With the “Pandemic Dreams Archive”, multiple series and different oneiric models were analyzed through graphs and interactive maps, allowing our investigation of dreams according to certain patterns. The semantic co-incidences allowed us to make associations between different dreams, and observe the relational fields between these oneiric manifestations. We have also created a bot called MacUnA (Machinic Unconscious Algorithm), a robot developed with NLP (Natural Language Processing), a subarea of computer science and artificial intelligence that deals with linguistics and interactions between computer and human language. MacUnA remixes the dreams’ archived narratives and creates derivative dreams. Its language is oneiric, bringing us closer to speculations of what could be the future of machinic unconsciouses and cyborg dreams algorithms.

  • Fabiane M. Borges. PhD in Clinical Psychology PUC/SP (Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil). She works in the area of Space Art and Culture at INPE, Brazil. She has been developing transdisciplinary projects between Clinical Psychology and Art and Technology since 2010.
  • Lívia Diniz (BR). Artist, project designer and networker, she develops collaborative and transdisciplinary initiatives related to childhood, living arts, dreams and technology. In Rio de Janeiro, she co-directed carnival parades and samba schools for children and differently abled people. She has been researching and developing experimental learning methodologies in 15 countries while collaborating with festivals, schools, universities, artististic residencies, museums, and maker spaces.
  • Rafael Frazão (BR/ES) visual artist and videomaker, Brazilian based in Barcelona, works for more than 10 years with audiovisual language in different projects. With his production company in São Paulo he has done many documentary films and hypermedia projects, mainly around the intersection between art, technology and human rights. His artistic production uses experimental video and new media to deal with themes around extra-human cosmopolitics, multi-species studies and the philosophy of the image. He constantly collaborates with projects in performing arts, workshops and artistic practices sharing. He is currently a resident artist at La Escocesa, creation factory, in Barcelona.
  • Tiago F. Pimentel (BR). Dilettante anthropologist, programmer, hacker, multimedia artist, researcher of digital networks and activist of causes such as freedom and privacy on the network. He was part of the National Coordination team of the Casa Brasil Project, joined Casa de Cultura Digital and co-created CryptoRave, the largest open meeting on cryptography and security in the world. He is the General Director of Associação Actantes – Direct Action for Freedom, Privacy and Network Diversity.