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algorithmic & computer arts

Digital Spaces

Mapping Electromagnetic Fields, WiFi Hotspots and other signals around the world using a DIY fieldrecording instrument.

I have been working for Collegium Helveticum as a researcher conceptualising and developing an instrument which can be used for larger clinical studies or as a monitoring station, which aims to understand and situate the social, cultural, health and environmental impact of the Digital Signal Traffic.

The device consists on a Modular Recording gadget which mimics the sensor functionallity of a common smartphone and allows a small computer on board (Raspberry Pi) to record sound, image, track the GPS location and related information, record the WiFi hotspots and the Bluetooth signals in the surroundings as well as conducting a High Fidelity Recording of the Electromagnetic Spectrum in the environment using an Air Spy.

The project is in development and it is a collaboration between the Media Arts Group from Collegium Helveticum and the Group of Behavioral Psychology from the University of Zurich.

Source Code in Python, Java (Processing) and CPP (Open Frameworks) available soon at Github.

Fluorozoa at Sensorium, European Innovation Festival at Gucci Hub

Sandro Poli’s out of the River Version of Fluorozoa, a Light Installation by Labor 5020 (Sandro Poli, Simón Schwarz, and Andrés Villa Torres).

Curated by H-Farm.

LOVE at Sensorium, European Innovation Festival at Gucci Hub

Curated by H-Farm, the LOVE installation consists of a touch-reactive and elastic screen. LOVE is represented by light and energy which one can play with through touch and movement, being aware of oneself, the material canvas, the light and the others.

Conceived and implemented by H-Farm and Andrés Villa Torres. Programming and visual content developed by Andrés in Open Frameworks and Processing using the Kinect Sensor and Computer Vision libraries, and implementing a proximity differential algorithm to recognise surface deformation.

Sandro Poli playing with the installation LOVE before the opening.

Yuval Noah Harari wrote:

“Love is being connected. To love means to be liberated from the obsession with whatever thoughts, emotions and desires pop up in my own mind right now, and instead listen to others and see what is happening to them. (Photo taken at the ‘Sensorium’ exhibition created by @hfarm for the European Innovation Festival)”

Signal Polarities, xCoAx, Milan 2019

The work ‘Signal Polarities’ is an audio-visual and data psychogeography from urban, rural and natural landscapes related to dependency on wireless networks within diverse socio-cultural contexts. It consists on a series of data portraits depicting social activity and their relation to the current digital “invisible” infrastructures. The portraits are built using the collected information from wireless signal traffic in specific contexts over time using a self-made artifact that records Wi-Fi, GPS, Audio and Image.

The installation was exhibited at Careof / Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano, during the 2019 edition of xCoAx with the support from ProHelvetia Swiss Arts Council for Visual Arts.

Temp-Studio #3, Art Residency, Lisbon, Portugal, November 2018

The art residency Temp Studio #3 took place in November 2018, at TODOS, Lisbon, PT.

Temp-Studio #3

It is an initiative by the new media arts community in Portugal. The outcome of the residency has been the materialization of a light installation under water that was shown at the Lucerne Light Festival in January 2019.

We have participated at the residency as a collective, along with Simón Schwarz and Sandro Poli














Unfolding Algorithmic Agency, OTHERWISE, March 2019

The workshop session took place in the beginning of March, 2019 in Gesnerallee, Zürich. It has been directed to participants interested in reflecting about the influence and role of algorithms in our daily lives and social structures. Participants used their bodies in order to come up with enactive strategies to unfold visions of what algorithms are, and what their potential autonomous mechanisms and entities is.

Workshop guided in collaboration with Sandro Poli and Simón Schwarz

The Otherwise Festival is an experimental format event, a sort of Symposium and Workshop Session ideated and organized by Michaela Büsse und Benjamin Bürger from H0 Institute for Metamorphosis and IXDM.
h0 Institute for Metamorphosis
otherwise festival





Unfolding (10 of 12)

Unfolding (6 of 12)

Unfolding (8 of 12)

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The nicest images were kindly provided by H0 Institut and Michael Meili.

Electric Animal Plant, Hybrid Materials, Arts Track, TEI 2019, Tempe, AZ

Installation presented at the Conference for Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction at Tempe, Arizona in March 2019. The Conference was hosted by the Arizona State University and the Tempe Center for the Arts.

TEI 2019, Hybrid Materials

Authors: Karmen Franinovic, Luke Franzke, Andrés Villa Torres, Florian Wille









Fluorozoa, LiLu – Lucerne Light Festival 2019

Light Installation built under water, using bioluminiscence, uv light and data from river currents.

Collaboration with Simón Schwarz and Sandro Poli.

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Critical Mass, xCoAx, Madrid 2018

Critical mass is a connected installation exploring behaviours of automation, digital crowds and the limits of self-exposure, social interactions, data ethics and sharing cultures. The installation connects the exhibition space with a stablished video chat engine. The visitor gets connected to a mass of random people in real time through an algorithmic intervened chat. Data of the interactions is collected and further used to extract facial features and train further automation systems.








On Concave Mirrors

Installation at Kulturfolger, Zürich, May 2018

Mixed media installation consisting on an audio visual essay addressing the barriers between fiction and reality, exploring how memory is affected by processes of erosion driven by the intensive flow of information and algorithms. The essay uses personal stories and reflections intersecting data extracted from several Tinder profiles. The intervention has an effect on a liquid material which is being affected by deep sound waves which are augmentations of the computational processes behind the data extraction.

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Public Property

Collaboration with Jan Huggenberg

“Public Property” is a Multimedia Installation addressing the topic of control and transparency of digital data. The centerpiece is an automated puppet in the window front reacting to data collected about the visitors.

Technology has opened new possibilities over the past years and is becoming increasingly harder to avoid without feeling left out. Even though we use digital services on a daily basis, the underlying mechanisms are not fully comprehensible.

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Electric Animal Plant, Zurich Design Biennale, September 2017

Commissioned installation at the Zurich Design Biennale, 2017 Organic moving and sonic sculptural installation which reacts to the flow of high voltage currents. The natural, the physical and the artificial cannot be separated from each other. The Interaction Design research group from the ZHdK presents a future where the exotic is created in labs and the sonic is composed through algorithms.

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Silk Memory Garden, Zurich Design Biennale, September 2017

Commissioned project for the Zurich Design Biennale 2017 with support from the Hochschule Luzern and the Silk Memory Ar- chive. The Digital Garment Archive from the HSLU is recreated and transported to the physical space through projection layers of the garments in combination with animated fantasy worlds by François Chalet, algorithmic generated structures and composed sound- scapes.

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Noises of Forgetting, ICLC, Morelia, MX, December 2017

Live Coding Quadraphonic Composition tracking motions of dust particles from the apparent empty space. A prerecorded video of dust particles is analysed in real time with computer vision algorithms. The data extracted through this process is used in order to affect the audible output.

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Transmutations, ICLC, Morelia, MX, December 2017

Performance with Joana Chicau and Dragica Kahlina

Transmutations is a live coding performance which explores the limits of computer vision and issues of the understanding of the human body.
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World Map Creator

Collaboration within a project from Julia Mia Stirnemann
World Map Creator is a web based application that allows you to see and recreate the world maps from your own perspective applying diverse morphing algorithms to change our contemporary western view of the traditional spherical earth. I collaborated in this project with Julia and Fabrice as a bridge between the process of interface design, usability and the end product programming.

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Narcissus at Pasquart

NarcissUs is a critical and artistic approach towards the development of intelligent machines. The goal is to unfold the potential that the learning process from artificial beings in mixed reality environments may encounter.

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Renounce Humanity: Beyond Narcissism

Master Thesis in Contemporary Arts Practice

The work is concerned with the age of narcissism, individualism and the decay of the human and the social, exacerbated by the practices that technology, digitalisation and the internet have brought along. Personalisation beyond boundaries, endless freedom of speech, ubiquity of information, opinion and participation, and the cult for the future, progress, productivity, automatisation and the machine. This is a review of the concept of individuation and its dissolution. It is a review of new paradigms from the process of loss of the so called “humanity” viewed not as consequence of technology or social evolution, rather as an contingent property of existence.

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Critical Mass…

Connected installation exploring behaviors of digital crowds and the limits of self exposure, social participation, data ethics and sharing culture. The installation was presented at Pasquart Centre in Biel in Summer 2017. It stayed open to the public for a week connecting the exhibition space with an existing live chat community. The data retrieved from the recorded footage is being used to train other systems.


Interaktives Konzept für Schaufenster, Europaallee, Winter 2016

Collective: Geoph Frey, Eugen Danzinger, Georg Skerbisch, Andrés Villa Torres & Youssef Burkhard


A responsive environment from Karmen Franinovic with Andrés Villa Torres

Link to Inactive Environments

Link to IAD

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NarcissUs, xCoAx 2016, at GAMeC, Bergamo

The installation NarcissUs is presented at xCoAx 2016 a critical and artistic approach towards the development of intelligent machines. The main goal is to unfold the emergent results that the learning process from artificial beings in mixed reality environments can encounter.
Supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia

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WEB Collider

Proposal for the Immersive Lab from the ICST ZHdK, February 2016

WEB_COLLIDER_BIT FLOW DEMO from Andrés Villa Torres on Vimeo.

Multiple capacitive sensing circuit

For the HÁPTICO Installation with:
Andrés Villa Torres, Electronic Artist

Multiple capacitive sensing circuit from Andrés Villa Torres on Vimeo.

Based on the Capacitive Sensing Library written by Paul Badger