stills from Algorithmic Oracle, 9 channel moving image installation on screens or tablets or a single channel video., 2018 -2019, 8:12 min
In one of the most sophisticated projects with The Sims (the third chapter, to be precise) since Angela Washko's Free Will Mode (2014-2017) and Jacky Connolly's Anhedonia (2017), Letta Shtohryn tackles algorithmic narratives and what if? scenarios:
Algorithmic Oracle attempts to grasp multiple realities at the same time. Letting a simulation game algorithm decide according to its own standards how a real-life event could have unfolded. One of the scenarios was witnessed IRL. SIMS3 used here as a way to employ a "higher" algorithmic power to find out possible "what-if" scenarios of the experienced event. All the players in the video are crafted to fit their real characteristics and looks. The game starts every scenario with the single directed action, controlled by the player. After the action is completed the game runs scenarios based on its own probability algorithm without interference resulting in a multitude of outcomes. The work is available on Daata Editions.
Letta Shtohryn works predominantly with media art,sculpture, installation, text and intervention. Her academic background is in Photography (Art School Vienna); Philosophy and Sociology (University of Vienna); MFA Digital Art (University of Malta, 2016).
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