ENCOUNTERING OTHERS

Emerging technologies are changing the ways we encounter others: family, friends, co-workers and even pets. Are the personalities we interact with on our devices living, artificial, or some combination of the two? The second section of the show explores the changing nature of social relationships, due to advances in technology.

It includes provocative artwork by Addie Wagenknecht that explores how motherhood might evolve in a world of robotics. Her artwork depicts a robot arm that gently rocks a bassinet whenever a baby cries.

Also included are cutting-edge artworks by Louis-Philippe Demers from Singapore, Cao Fei, Yves Gellie, S.W.A.M.P and many others.

Area V5 is by Louis-Philippe Demers who is based in Singapore. It is a wall of disembodied robotic eyes that follow visitors as they walk by. It aims to trigger the Uncanny Valley—the point at which humans start to feel physical unease with robotic agents that look and move almost, but not exactly, like human beings. Recent developments in the field of social robotics and artificial intelligence suggest that eye movement plays a prominent role in establishing essential non-verbal dialogue between humans and machines. The installation invites the viewer to experiment with the enigmatic gaze of disembodied eyes. The title of the work refers to the visual area V5 in the brain cortex which is thought to play a major role in the perception of motion. 
Area V5, 2009-2010
Louis-Philippe Demers