Robots

Posted on 05.11.2010

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ROBOTS

08.11.07 > 03.12.07
France Cadet / Christian Faubel / Pascal Glissmann e Martina Höfflin / Ken Goldberg / Leonel Moura / Kenneth Rinaldo / Robotlab
curated by Laura Bardier

A recurring image in contemporary society is the growing speed of digital information. Technology evolves and absorbs information at a dizzying speed, whereby knowledge is transmitted to intelligent machines in a process which seems to be leading us towards a post-human hybrid state. The exponential evolution of information technologies may produce the means by which artists will be able to create beyond their own vision and knowledge. On this occasion, the PAN has turned its attention to research and production in the field of robot art. Intelligent machines – once an oxymoron – are becoming commonplace. Robots are present in science and technology as well as in our homes, in art, in cinema and literature. Their importance is growing in diffuse sectors like industrial production and entertainment. At a deeper level, indeed, robotics raises fascinating cultural issues involving philosophers, artists, scientists and technologists. Experiments in this field started as early as in the 1950s with, for example, Edward Ihnatowicz’s Senster or Cybernetic Serendipity at London’s ICA, and are hosted also in the main contemporary art events, as it happens at the Mexican pavilion of the 52nd Venice Biennale.
Contemporary robotics is the field in which the comprehension of human intelligence materialises; it is a topic that has always been transversal to scientific and human disciplines alike, and that has brought together research fields into neuroscience, engineering, computer science, biology, mathematics, psychology, philosophy. Transferring the processes of animal and human brain to robots is an ongoing effort which, besides technical difficulties, raises crucial questions on more general issues too: can an “intelligent” robot also imitate and learn, experience the world and become aware of it? What social status, what rights, what responsibilities will this and other types of “artificial life” have? What relationship will such a robot be able to establish with human beings? Will it be possible to design creative robots, able to act in a drama together with actors or to become recognised authors? How will aesthetics theories have to renovate themselves to account for this new dimension of art, where the artist can become a robot designer and the creation can eventually be a work and a process at the same time? These are the questions which the artists invited to FASTFORWARD ON NEW MEDIA ART: ROBOTS try to give an answer to, discussing many of these issues with varying experiences and results.
The exhibition hosts artists such as Moura and Robotlab, who propose robots that create art, or as Rinaldo, Glissmann and Faubel, who present robots that are works of art themselves or, finally, as Cadet and Goldberg, who create works inspired from the imaginative world related to robots and electronics.
Art supervisor Julia Draganovic
Special thanks to Ruben Coen Cagli for his scientific support.

ROBOTIC CONVERSATION
 | 11.9.07
Julia Draganovic, Direttore Artistico, PAN | Palazzo Arti Napoli
Romana Fabrizi, Giornalista Rai – Neapolis
Bruno Siciliano, Presidente IEEE RAS e Professore di Robotica del Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Guglielmo Tamburrini, Professore di Logica e Filosofia della Scienza del Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Jan Zappe di Robotlab
ROBOTIC GUIDED TOURS | 11.10.07 and 11.17.07
in collaboration with Associazione Progetto Museo
and the “Robot Nursery” Group of the Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, Corso di Laurea in Informatica, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
FRAGMENTS OF ROBOTIC CINEMA | 11.29.07 and 12.01.07
in collaboration with Mediateca Santa Sofia.

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