Interaction Design MA SUPSI — Syntethic bias

Recontemporary / Salotto

2 May — 30 May 2024

Opening 2 May, 3:30 pm


Within the TORINO FUTURA cultural program, designed to encourage the activities of young people and coordinated by the Departments of Cultural Policies and Educational and Youth Policies, the Pop-up Photo Studio project will involve students, on the inaugural day of EXPOSED Torino Foto Festival, of the Photography Course of IED Turin and of some city high schools in the creation of photographic portraits in an en plein air studio open to all, for anyone who wants to be photographed among the festival participants. In this way, we will compose a story through images of the faces that will populate the first edition of EXPOSED, the result of a collective action.
Thanks to another collaboration implemented with the Educational Department of CAMERA – Italian Center for Photography, a series of one-to-one meetings will be held between 6 curators involved in the event and the 12 artists under 30 who take part in the program NEAR FUTURES training, which in turn will give rise to a second workshop session with another group of students.
Lastly, the creation of the experimental exhibition Syntethic bias is planned, co-created and co-produced with the Master of Arts in Interaction Design at the SUPSI University in Switzerland and Recontemporary in Turin, which aims to rewrite the definition of photography in the era of automation.

One of the fundamental roles of interaction design is to outline workflows and establish rules to guide, support and shape human behaviors. This field, abstract and deeply integrated into the relationship between individuals and technology, permeates every aspect and object of our daily lives. Applied to the challenges of the modern world, interaction design manifests itself through a series of effective methods that create critical environments, concretely demonstrating the impact and influence of social phenomena on our society. In this exhibition, algorithmic classifications and artificial interpretations are “exposed” through the contribution of young interaction designers, whose works highlight, by adopting a critical point of view, how the boundary between technology and photography is altered by a synthetic perception and discriminatory.

The projects on display represent a selection of the results of the “Prototyping Interactive Installations” course, held as part of the Master’s program in Interaction Design at SUPSI. The training course introduced students to the domain of experience design for site-specific contexts, emphasizing the exploration of technology and design as a means to create interactive installations focused on the theme of EXPOSED Torino Foto Festival. Over the course of three weeks, students explored contemporary photography in the era of soft-images, machine-vision technology, image generation, networked cameras and non-human photography. This exploration was reinterpreted through the lens and practices of interaction design, stimulating research and prototyping of new modes of interaction. The installations on display are the tangible expression of this path and offer a reflection on how photography can be interpreted through the use of new metadata, thus exposing the implications of a synthetic and distorted gaze of modern artificial intelligence.


Master of Arts in Interaction Design SUPSI University of Applied Arts and Sciences of Southern Switzerland

In collaboration with

Supported by
Exposed Torino Foto Festival 2024
SUPSI University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland

Prototyping Interactive Installation a.y. 23-24

Course Lead
Leonardo Angelucci,

Dr. Serena Cangiano, project lead
Antonella Autuori, content supervision
Marco Lurati, engineering supervision
Matteo Subet, teaching and implementation assistant

Head of Program
Prof. Dr. Massimo Botta

Visiting lecturers
Yehwan Yen Song, Marco de Mutiis, Salvatore Vitale, Menno Liauw

Raffaele Amietta – Amina Fatou Cissé – Matteo Dell’Agostino – Anna Freri – Vittorio Gennuso – Kristina Greco – Cathrine Wibholm Hansen – Hanna Kastrytsa – Ieva Kavaliauskaite – Alessia La Rocca – Ka Young Lee – Marco Luraschi – Giulia Martin – Alice Mioni – Claudia Neo – Vittorio Pace – Marta Piatti – Alessandro Plantera – Sophie Sprugasci – Davide Vitrano

Selected projects
Tangible Algorithm by Alice Mioni, Alessandro Plantera, Sophie Sprugasci,
Echoes of Exclusion by Hanna Kastrytsa, Cathrine Wibholm Hansen, Amina Fatou Cissé