Telecommunication technologies promise us the ability to be anywhere at any time. They result in reaching a destination while no departure has happened. The appearance of a destination is the sudden disappearance of the previous one. Thus no meaning, ground, or narrative is possible and every moment collapses in on itself.

Byung-Chul Han wrote: “The atomization of life goes hand in hand with an atomization of identity. All we have is ourselves, our little ego. We are subject to a radical loss of space and time, even of the world, of being-with.”

In (dis)appearance, hundreds of AI-generated windows with views of places that don’t exist, randomly (dis)appear in an empty Euclidean space.

The artist

Arash Akbari is a transdisciplinary artist, based in Tehran, Iran.

His interest in dynamic art systems, human perception, nonlinear narrative, and the co-existence between physical and digital worlds compelled him to explore the fields of generative systems, interaction design, immersive technologies, and real-time processing.

With a critical mindset toward the dominant paradigm of technology, he examines the counternarratives in which computational processes, interactive cybernetic systems, and their emergent behaviors can evoke concepts, ideas, and questions as well as social and emotional responses and impacts.

Akbari directs his experimental practices into audio-visual performances and installations, interactive software, and multisensory experiences.

His music compositions investigate experimental approaches to sound generation, field recordings, acoustic instrumentation, digital synthesis, DSP, and noise to create immersive sonic environments that explore the agency of autonomous systems, audification, indeterminacy, memory, and the perception of time and space.

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