Francisco Barretto

(this page was last updated in August 2023)

João Pessoa, Brazil, 1984
Lives and works in Salvador, Brazil

PIPA Prize 2023 nominee

Francisco Barretto is a multimedia artist, creative programmer, teacher and researcher who explores the intersection between artificial intelligence and computational art. He has a degree in Computer Science, a Master’s and a PhD in Art and Technology, with an emphasis on the development of interactive installations and performances that use AI algorithms, including multi-agent systems, genetic algorithms and deep learning techniques such as text-to-image and picture-to-picture.

His work seeks to reveal subtle and relevant aspects of how we represent and perceive ourselves, as well as explore new interfaces to interact with various digital algorithms. Barretto uses technology to research the interconnection between humans and the natural world, and the interaction between the physical and the digital in his works, which include mapped projections, LED panels, interactive floors and immersive environments.

In addition to being a professor and researcher at the Institute of Humanities, Arts and Sciences Prof. Milton Santos from the Federal University of Bahia, where he founded and directs the Interactivity, Computing and New Interfaces Laboratory (ICON Lab), Francisco Barretto was also a member of Medialab at the University of Brasília and founded the collective LATE! (Art and Technology Laboratory).


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