Painting by proxy

Canvasses are placed on tables, and painting/drawing material is provided. The participant must connect with an associate from a remote location and accept realtime instructions to paint any subject matter, based on the inspiration of that remote person. The exchange may be implemented by continual feedback via texting and image exchange, through Messenger, Viber, WhatsApp, or Skype. The action uses technology to inspire artistic creativity and symbolises the augmented digital hyper-connection of humanity, and the interdependence between humans who are constantly and increasingly online. It reflects inspiration from two brains, the remote and the on-site. The action is based on the notion of Simulated Annealing (a slow decrease in the probability of accepting worse solutions as the solution space is explored).

Marios Kyriazis was born in Larnaca. In 1982 he received a degree in Medicine and was trained in various hospitals in Cyprus, New York and the United Kingdom. He also received a Master of Science in Gerontology from the King’s College London. He was awarded the Geriatric Diploma by the Royal College of Physicians and is a Chartered biologist of the Royal Society of Biology (UK). Kyriazis contributed to the global formalisation of the term anti-aging. In 2011 he founded the ELPIS Foundation for Indefinite Lifespans, a scientific research organisation studying various complex ways to eliminate ageing.

Title: Painting by proxy
Materials: Paper, painting/drawing materials
Dimensions: n/a
Construction Year: 2017

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