Mariano Sardón is professor and chair of the Electronic Art Degree at the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He obtained the “Konex Prize” in Visual Art Category 2012 given by Konex Foundation, Buenos Aires, and the “Experimentation prize in Non-traditional supports and video 2008” given by Argentinean Association of Art Critics. He studied Physical Sciences in the University of Buenos Aires.
Some exhibitions: Pilar Serra Gallery, Madrid, 2018. Artericambi Gallery, Verona, 2018. Artissima 2017, Artericambi Gallery. “Images of Journeys; The New Pushkin Museum”, “Viva Arte Viva”, 57th Bienale di Venezia 2017. “Intuitions”, Pallazzo Fortuny, Bienale di Venezia, 2017. Ars Electronica Berlin, 2017. Ars Electronica Linz 2017, 2016, 2013. Pushkin Museum Moscow, 2016. Ruth Benzacar Gallery, 2016, 2012, 2004. BAPhoto 2017 Ruth Benzacar Gallery. AIPAD Photography Show 2014 Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, NY. Pulse Miami Beach Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, 2014. 11th Bienal de La Habana 2012. Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery NY, 2013, 2007. Fundación PROA, 2013 and 1999. Akademie der Künste Berlin, 2010. Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (Mamba) 2012, 2010, 2004. Ars Electronica México 2010. Fundación Telefónica Buenos Aires 2008 and Santiago de Chile 2011. Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) 2003 y 2005. Among others.
Mariano Sigman grew up in Barcelona. He obtained a master degree in physics at the University of Buenos Aires and a PhD in neuroscience in New York. He moved to Paris to investigate decision making, cognitive architecture and consciousness. In 2006 he founded the Integrative Neuroscience Laboratory, at the University of Buenos Aires, an interdisciplinary group integrated by physicists, psychologists, biologists, engineers, educational scientists, linguists, mathematicians, artists and computer scientists.
His lab has developed an empirical and theoretical approach to decision making, with special focus on understanding the construction of confidence and subjective beliefs. Many aspects of his investigation rely on data mining and computational tools on massive corpus of human behavior (text, decision making…). Recently, he has progressively shifted his research to understand how current knowledge of the brain and the mind may serve to improve educational practice. Many of the projects conduct are developed at schools throughout the country and he is extending these investigations on cognitive development to hundreds of thousands of children through the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) framework.
Throughout his career he developed numerous research interactions with representatives of different domains of human culture including, musicians, professional chess players, mathematicians, magicians, visual artists and chefs. Several of these interactions resulted in exhibits presented in museums and galleries in Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, US, Japan, New York, Austria.
Mariano Sigman is the only Latin American scientist to be a director of the Human Brain Project, was awarded a Human Frontiers Career Development Award, the national prize of physics, the young investigator prize of “College de France”, the IBM Scalable Data Analytics award and is a scholar of the James S. McDonnell Foundation.
Their work “The Wall of Gazes” won the 14th edition of the ARCO-BEEP Electronic Art Award
The Wall of Gazes consists of one screen in which visitors can see how portrait images are revealed by the eye movements of many persons simultaneously. Gazes were captured by an eye tracker device. Around 100 participants were seated in front of a portrait image and the device recorded their gazes for 15 seconds. The screen is connected to a computer and a special software displays the eye tracks stored in a database. Portraits are ever-changing composition, according the gazes captured and displayed by the software.
The Wall of Gazes aims to engage people with those parts of the face that are really seen and those parts that remain “unseen” while attention is focused elsewhere on the portrait.
Technological collaboration: Germán Ito. Development Team: Cecilia Cisneros, Lucia Carvallo, Nahuel Rodrigues. Eye tracking data generated at the Muntref Centro de Arte y Ciencia. Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero. Buenos Aires.