Tonietta Walters

Singularity Sanctum

 

               

 

EXHIBITION STATEMENT:

Tonietta Walters, through her avatar Xhyra Graf, has created a virtual world for herself that duplicates her working environments.  At the TSC 2012 Art & Technology exhibition she will introduce the Singularity Sanctum - the central hub or ‘brain’ of the Cosmoscope section of the virtual world. The Cosmoscope is a hypothetical epistemic tool proposed by David Chalmers in his “Constructing the World” talks for the 2010 Locke Lectures. Tonietta assimilates his larger concept into a self as source interdisciplinary project that uses art-making processes and aesthetic theory as ground for the investigation and documentation of certain altered states of consciousness. She has the unshakable belief that it is nigh impossible for science and technology to properly account for or duplicate certain kinds of experience. Reflection on some altered states of consciousness destabilize a complete acceptance of the concept of duplicating a person’s mind through the use of technology.  Her methodology for digitally documenting autobiographical memory, will use current technology to archive and safeguard her most important qualitative experiences. This should be source material for the possibility of ‘mind upload’ technology in preparation for the eventuality of a technological Singularity.  The simulations within the virtual environment, comprised of digital representations of her memories of experiences such as peak performance within the creative act, insight, spiritual or nondual experience, will be self-extension tools where the artwork acts as a digitally extended memory aid to perceptual and cognitive processes - at the very least providing a self-directed training ground for her uploaded mind.

BIO:

Tonietta A. Walters is i2Art Director for the Society for Mind Brain Sciences and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy for Broward College. She has a Specialized M.A. in Art and Philosophy of Mind/Cognitive Science from Florida International University and is an extramural doctoral student in Philosophy at Sofia University, Bulgaria.  A 2010 South Florida Cultural Consortium Media and Visual Arts Fellow, her artwork can be found in collections throughout the US, Brazil, France and the Middle East. She has also participated in group and solo exhibitions worldwide. Tonietta has curated several international art competitions or exchange exhibitions, and managed several museum/exhibition areas, both real and virtual. Through TAO Network, she has developed or overseen continuing arts projects in collaborative partnerships with organizations such as the City of Lauderhill Florida, The Office of the Secretary of Culture for the City of Suzano in Brazil, The American Museum of Creole Cultures, Flinders University Social Sciences and Miami Dade Virtual College. Currently, she is working on development of the NoumenArt Center for Applied Aesthetics on the Military Open Simulator Enterprise Strategy [MOSES] of the US Army Simulation Training & Technology Center.