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The music playing on this page has been composed by media artist Maxim Zhestkov, written in collaboration with a neural network

The «Digital Twins» art project involves exploring man’s relationships with the virtual world, together with media artist Maxim Zhestkov. Be part of that experiment!

*A digital twin is a digital copy of an actual physical object. The concept of digital twins is part of what is known as «Industry 4.0» — the fourth Industrial Revolution

TECHNOLOGY AS EMOTION

This art project comprises six episodes — each of them reflecting a different aspect of what it means to be human. Each of these visual worlds is generated in real time — the result of direct interaction between neural network and human. The first person to take part in this project was choreographer Vladimir Varnava.

Each of these six visual worlds is generated in real time, through direct interaction between neural network and human. The first person to take part in this project was choreographer Vladimir Varnava.

THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE PROJECT

  • «Digital Twins» represents a living dialogue between man and technology. Collaborating here and now. We might just have created the first «neuro-stand» in history — a stand controlled, simultaneously, by a human and a neural network!

  • When I first approached Maxim Zhestkov with an idea for an art project, it was in terms of a general concept for a dynamic visualisation of a person — a human — where everyone coming up to the screen would see their own digital twin appearing. In the end though, Maxim and his team were able to create a piece of digital art where a person can actually become part of the virtual world.

HOW IT WORKS

  • The content shown on-screen is generated by a programme that simultaneously reads a person’s actions — in real time — and integrates this information with the outcomes of its background workings — that is, with interactive visual worlds.
  • In trying to achieve the engagement we wanted, we rewrote the software over and over again, optimising it and pushing it to the very limits of what the best video technologies are currently able to offer. Ultimately — after many months’ work — we were able to create such a programme from scratch, adaptable to any screen size.

MUSIC

Maxim Zhestkov has recorded six tracks — in collaboration with a neural network — specially for the Digital Twins art project. Listen to these for maximum immersion!