Interview: Vanessa Rusci
Luca Curci talks with Vanessa Rusci during FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES, the second appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space
Vanessa Rusci was born in Tuscany, Italy. She studies computer science, art, and photography. From 2001 to 2003 she studied in Milan with Fabrizio Ferri, at the University of the Image, Fondazione Industria. For the past 20 years, she has been working as an artist, commercial photographer, teacher, and researcher in Europe, between Italy, Belgium, England, and Switzerland. She currently lives in Rome and works with plays production and iPod, School of psychodrama. About Defragmented Portraits: “AI is already in our daily life. Who educates them? Who controls them? Will they change us or erase us? From research on time and the use of artificial intelligence, a project is born that aims to be a provocation and input for reflection.”
LC – What is your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
VR – I started with analog research photography at 17 and today I work with artificial intelligence algorithms. I am researching the field of photography and its language. My themes are almost always social. It is difficult to summarize my path that was not canonical, I can say that the salient points were certainly Fabrizio Ferri’s school in Milan, an experimental school of art and marketing, my computer science studies, my studies in London on contemporary art, my frequent trips to Europe mainly in Belgium and Switzerland, the encounters with great international artists.
LC – What topic are you working on?
VR – I currently study the applications of artificial intelligence in photography. I also work on two projects on the female world with the photographic nude and with a series of “Sorellanza” workshops aimed at creating female collectives. I am also part of two groups, one English and the other American, of research in the field of contemporary art.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
VR – I don’t believe in the concept of inspiration, I believe in the idea of “doing”. My ideas come from working and researching.
LC – What is the most challenging part in creating your artwork?
VR – Photoshoots. I always start with a photographic image for my works.
LC – Do visitor suggestions enrich you and your art?
VR – I do not know. I like the relationship as an emotional reaction to my work, not as a suggestion or criticism of my work. My art is relational and must arouse emotions and reactions, in short, I don’t like the “intellectual vivisections” that are often done to works.
LC – What is the message related to the work of art you exhibited in this exhibition? How is it related to the theme of the whole festival?
VR – The message of my series “Defragmented Portraits” is a provocation on the unconscious and daily use of Artificial Intelligence. Defragmenting cannot be translated literally into Italian, it is a bit like “reassembling, rearranging after fragmenting”. The Ai is changing us, breaking up and reassembling us, but we don’t notice it. The exhibition in which I participated is called “Fragmented Identities” and I think it is the right frame for my work.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think of the theme of the festival?
VR – I love collectives very much, I participate in many collective operations. Your festival reminds me a lot of many operations in which I participated. Many emerging artists, from all parts of the world.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP could represent an opportunity for artists?
VR – Absolutely yes. Artists can meet personally and have an international showcase. I love the comparisons with other artists.
LC – Did you enjoy collaborating with us?
VR – Yes, I found a beautiful environment, a lot of kindness and availability, I was followed with patience and attention.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there anything more we can provide to artists?
VR – Your services are more than efficient. It would be interesting to offer a criticism of the works. A comment on the works exhibited by an expert and why not also a works sale service.