My name is Pasquale Gideon D’Silva.
I was born in Sydney, Australia and live in New York.
I’m an artist who fell into commercial software. Since I was a child, I’ve been obsessed with animation, software, cognition, animatronics and artificial intelligence. I’m still a child.
I believe software is both a means to an end and an incredible canvas to play with. I have a tireless obsession with simulated, reactive, animated software.
I miss the days when the software world was mostly full of makers who had no idea the industry could be so lucrative. Things felt pure back then. It’s a lot harder to find the real ones.
In 2010-2013, I lived in San Francisco. So many dope things orbited the area: Industrial Light & Magic, Pixar, Robin Williams, The MythBusters, natural beauty, psychedelia. It was a place I aspired to move to since I was a kid.
By the time I got there, it felt like the spirit was quickly evaporating. Every big company with a blue logo started moving in. The few artists I knew couldn’t afford to live there anymore and started to migrate elsewhere. I like technology, but not 100% of the time. Every goddamn conversation became about technology and how we were supposed to print money with it while the city was covered in human poop.
In 2013 I was sold on the energy of New York, and I told myself I’d try it out for a year. Holy hell I don’t know where the time went. It’s been a blast and I’ve been here for almost 10 years now. People say you’re allowed to officially call yourself a New Yorker when you last that long.
Once I hosted a conference. I mean four times I hosted a conference. Three times in Oslo Norway, and one time in the Netherlands. It felt like a movie. Boats, helicopter stunts, costume changes, celebrity guests, love and drama. I’m not sure how to write about it, but I’d happily tell you about it in person.
New York has been an excellent place to meet collaborators. You have to be a little bit insane to live here or have rich parents.
I don’t dislike San Francisco so much any more. Last time I visited in 2022, it felt like there was a return of normie energy in the city, since the tech bros decentralized their offices.
I miss Australia sometimes. It was cool walking around upside down and riding kangaroos every day. I’d like to spend more time there in the future.
Between the advancements of Artificial Intelligence, the distraction of the blockchain rat race, and the crumbling economy, it feels like anything could happen.
These days I’m building a new personal companion named MO. Over the last decade, the tech scene and its resulting businesses have taken on a poor reputation for manipulating people in service of shareholders. MO is my attempt to prove humans and technology can have a loving, symbiotic relationship. We deserve better!
I’m optimistic about the future. Now feels like a ripe time for principled creative people to put their hands on high leverage tools and create magic.
If you’re a real one, email me. I’d love to chat. If you’re an NPC, plz go challenge yourself to a captcha.