— In 2018 I was doing an installation called «RABBIT HEART»
. It was an interactive platform inhabited by "living" uncontrollable avatars. Those avatars were based on the information from social networks of the participants. Building upon the analysis of the profile information of the user, the algorithm simulated a full-course social life of the user's rabbit-avatar. Those little rabbits could interact with each other, danse, fight, form various kinds of partnership, have sex- all this mirroring real online lives of the users.
During the showcase of this installation, I had a chance to observe how people react to my artworks. I was surprised to see that they were so involved into the process that some of them were spending hours watching their rabbit- avatars. I especially memorized one man. He was so anxious about his rabbit avatar actions that the morning after the event he showed up in the gallery and asked to delete his avatar. He said that he couldn't sleep or be calm when he knows that somewhere in the world there is an unsupervised part of him.