Thiago Hersan (Brazil) in his work deals with the power structures behind the technologies that we use to communicate. Whether these technologies are digital, biological, mechanical or social, he is interested in the process of ‘hacking’ as the deterritorialisation of techniques necessary to shift, intervene and subvert these structures.

During his residency Thiago will pursue his current interest in ways to sense signals that make no sense for humans, but whose interference can be felt. Infrastructure, algorithmic left-overs, electromagnetic signals – interpreted as a kind of dynamic poetry of nonhuman communication. Specifically, Thiago plans to use his time in London to study the history of the astrolabe (an ancient instrument used by astronomers and navigators from around 550 AD for measuring time, location and distances) and the role of other networked technologies as mediators between bodies, nature, culture and politics.

Thiago is part of the Astrovandalistas collective, a group that uses technology, art, activism and design to create new possibilities of affective communication. Thiago has been awarded a VIDA 15.0 incentive award for the development of projects that use art to explore artificial intelligence. He has been in residence at FACT in Liverpool, where, with Radamés Ajna, he started FACTLab, a space for research, education and production of new-media and technology-based art.

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