Al Mefer is a visual artist and neuroscientist based in Alicante, Spain.

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Statement

In the formation of our reality, three types of color-sensing cells, known as photoreceptors, enable our perception of different wavelengths the brain processes to create a visual representation. Some species have as many as 12 of these sensors, while some have evolved with sight shifted towards infrared or ultraviolet ends of the spectrum. Our biological configuration determines how we experience the world and our knowledge of other biological systems invites us to think of other realities, characterized by features of the unimaginable. 

How we understand the world is inseparable of our evolutionary history. Genetic programs code how brain development has to occur, and its success culminates in the construction of a biological system equal to their conspecifics, but with characteristics that make them differ in their behavior and in the processes that underlie it. Moreover, social and developmental actors imprint our behavior in a way that biases our thoughts and emotions. Societal challenges such as wars or immigration dictate our issues of interest and the emotional state to perceive them. Our conditions sculpt our vision of the world, creating a plethora of possibilities that deserve our study and imagination. 

In my experience, aesthetic expression represents a sort of meditation, as understood in Buddhist traditions, in which I liberate myself from needs and feelings and the only focus left is the creation of the artwork, without judgement, thoughts of enjoyment nor desperation. In the arts my interest for social, psychological and biological events finds a means to muse about the phenomenology of reality conceptualized through the experience of the dissimilar. A channel to think of the world as seen by the depressed, the immigrant or the alien. A language to image the possibilities of the future. A canvas to bring together issues of current debate and a delicate atmosphere to discuss them. 

Selected Press and Features

Microsoft Social Network: Al Mefer Photography: from alien architecture to futuristic landscapes
DesignBoom: alien architecture captures real buildings in benidorm, by al mefer
Booooooom: Artist Spotlight: Al Mefer
DesignBoom: bofill’s muralla roja transformed into a human-alien barrier by al mefer
Designboom: al mefer illustrates the desertification of the world in his new photography series
The Independent: Photographer captures Martian Architecture - in Benidorm
Fubiz: Splendid and Surreal Pictures by Al Mefer
Fubiz: Futuristic Deserts in Andalucia by Al Mefer
Aesthetica Magazine: Otherwordly Arenas
Fubiz: Contrasts between Nature and Urbanity by Al Mefer
Best of Behance: Deserts of the Future
Behance Photography Feature: Deserts of the Future
Behance Photography Features: Dreamscapes of Iceland
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom: Dreamscapes from Iceland
Architecture on Behance: Alien Architecture
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom: The Human-Alien Barrier
Behance Photography Feature: The Human-Alien Barrier
Behance Photography Feature: Sleepwalking in Outerspace (II)
Ignant: Dreamscapes from Iceland by Al Mefer
Meero: Al Mefer, l'Alien de la Photo
Fisheye Magazine: Instagram Selection #130
The Earth Issue: Artist Al Mefer
Trendland: Deserts of the Future envisioned by Al Mefer
Fubiz: Stunning Alien Architecture
Depositphotos: Al Mefer: Portraying the Atmosphere of the Future
Phototrend: Le Voyage Surréaliste D'Al Mefer
Starpics: Photographer Interview, Al Mefer
Good2b: La Desertificación del Mundo por Al Mefer
121 Clicks: Stunning Alien Architecture captured by Spanish Photographer Al Mefer
Design You Trust:“Alien Architecture”: Photographer Al Mefer Captures Futuristic Martian Architecture – In Benidorm, Spain
Cultura Inquieta: Un Fotógrafo capta el Futurismo de los Edificios de Benidorm
Lamono Magazine: Al Mefer, Magia Rosa para los Sentidos
ArchiDesignClub: Al Mefer: Alien Architecture
Visual Atelier 8: Al Mefer
Visual Atelier 8: Interview, Al Mefer
This Isn't Happiness: Return to Magenta, Al Mefer
This Isn't Happiness: Return to Magenta II, Al Mefer
This Isn't Happiness: Arts and Architecture, Al Mefer
This Isn't Happiness: Third Rock from the Sun, Al Mefer
This Isn't Happiness: Synaptic Gap, Al Mefer
Photoalicante International Photography Festival: La Peluquería - How to Woh
Valencia Plaza: El fotógrafo Al Mefer imagina las colonias humanas en el espacio a partir de rascacielos de Benidorm
Fotoblogia: Al Mefer fotografuje zaledwie kilka miesięcy, a już pokazuje niezwykły talent pejzażysty
Southa: Alien Architecture, Al Mefer
Esma: Al Mefer dévoile son étonnante série "Alien Architecture"
FeelDesain: The Human-Alien Barrier: new sides of La Muralla Roja by Photographer Al Mefer
Unsorted: Stunning Alien Architecture
Escape-Kit: Spain-based neuroscientist and photographer Al Mefer captures beautiful infrared landscapes that feel other worldly
Cultura Fotográfica: Paisajes de Sueño en Islandia
The Femin: Through their Eyes, Al Mefer
Booooooom: Magic Hour Photo Club: Favs From Week 3 
Zeutch: Return to Magenta, Al Mefer
Chora: Le Costruzioni Aliene Immortalate da Al Mefer
What's Hamptoning: Art and Biology Entwined
Beware Magazine: Les couleurs et paysages extra-terrestres d’Al Mefer
Pisos.com: ¿Edificios alienígenas? No, sólo es Benidorm
Horst und Edeltraut: Photographer and Neuroscientist Al Mefer
Nss Magazine: Alien Architecture by Al Mefer
So Bad So Good: Majestic Views of Our "Deserts of the Future"
Icon: Alien Architecture by Al Mefer
Airows: Treat you eyes to these Icelandic Dreamscapes
Design You Trust: Futuristic Deserts in Andalucia by Al Mefer
Depositphotos: Discover new Artists and Ideas, top Photography Projects on Behance
Mindsparkle Mag: Deserts in Adalucia Photography


Instagram and Twitter Features

Adobe, Adobe Photoshop, WIRED, Behance, Adobe Stock, Archillect, Feature Shoot, If You Leave, Fubiz, Format, This Ain't Art School, Stree Dreams Magazine, Cultura Colectiva, The Earth Issue, Somewhere Magazine, Fisheye Magazine, Open Doors, California Academy of Sciences, Humble Arts Foundation, Trendland, Phototrend, Imaginary Magnitude, Weltraum Magazine, Cheese by Konbini, Gominimal Magazine, Paradise Magazine, Bird in Flight, Latermedia, Revista Picnic and more

Exhibitions

Howtowoh - La Peluquería, Photoalicante 2018 International Photography Festival (Alicante, Spain)

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