ABOUT STEJARA IULIA DINULESCU
My art practice seeks to investigate the direct relation between perception and behavior, primarily through questions about agency, free will, consciousness, and computational intelligence. More specifically, I am interested in the different ways to computationally model patterns of behavior that are reminiscent of living organisms, investigating what it is about computational patterns of movement that leads to the perception of agency and free will. I am also interested in investigating the sensory modalities, primarily that of the sense of touch, and how they affect perception, affect, and subsequently, behavior, not only within an invidivual but in their interactions with other beings and their environment. Of particular interest is in how this relationship changes when pairing living agents with computational or mechanized agents. Through my work, I seek to ask questions and investigate the complex nature of these relationships, illustrating organic patterns of behavior as well as what drives it.
With 2D media, I am fascinated with exploring color and mark-making, particularly regarding the narrative of form throughout a composition. Reflective of my digital installation work, each mark “plays” within a space, producing a final visualization that mimics this anthropomorphic exploration. My background in psychology primarily drives my paintings and drawings, which seek to illustrate my interpretations of human cognition and behavior as well as my own mental byproduct. In my future work, I seek to work digitally to create systems and wearable technologies that further explore human-computer interaction as well as human-computer-space interactions.
I am currently in my first year of my PhD at UC Santa Barbara in Media Arts and Technology, working in the Re-Touch Lab to explore haptic perception and social touch.
Photo taken by Courtney Zanetti.