Andrés Villa Torres

Media Arts / Creative Code

Public Property

“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

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

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

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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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 Generator

Collaboration within a project from Julia Mia Stirnemann
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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 behaviours of digital crowds and the limitis 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 con- necting the exhibition space with an existing live chat community. The data retreived 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


Live Coding Workshop at N/O/D/E Festival, Lausanne, 2016

Introduction for live coding with Supercollider, OSC and Processing








Breathing Rhizopus

breathing rhizopus growing over boiled rice trapped in a CD case exposed to a 5 minute interval shooting camera


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boiled rice
drying over a CD case
exposed to a 5 minute interval shooting camera
a burning light

DRYING_RICE from Andrés Villa Torres on Vimeo.


Rhizopus Nigricans

Wachstum vom Biomassen wird durch Time Lapse Bilder und Klangaufnahme untersucht.


Algorave Japan Tour

Fukuoka – Osaka – Kyoto – Tokyo, Japan, October 2015
Organized by the awesome Renick Bell

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Oct. 3, Fukuoka, at Black Out

Oct. 4, Osaka, at Environment 0g

Oct. 8, Kyoto, at Urban Guild

Oct. 10, Tokyo, at Soup

Performing with Supercollider, a Kaoss Pad and Visuals on the fly with Processing

Algorave Tour Japan 2015 from andres on Vimeo.


NarcissUs at ISMAR 2015

Fukuoka – Zürich, July – September 2015
Collaborators: Eugen Danzinger , Andres Villa Torres

“Destiny without necessity, freedom without memory, existence without choice, causality without destiny” – paraphrasing Deleuze.

The project NarcissUs is a critical and artistic approach towards the development of intelligent machines. The main goal is to unfold the potential and unexpected outcomes that the learning process from artificial beings in mixed reality environments may encounter. It consists on a feedback loop setup between a computer generated being (NarcissUs), a camera, a moving mirror, a face recognition algorithm and an evolving learning machine seeking for self awareness. NarcissUs seek for its reflection, learn from it and evolve through their expressive exchanges. Would IT be able to tell that the reflection is nothing else but itself?


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