CONFERENCE with lecture presentations
Organiser: MASSIMO BERGAMASCO, Full Professor of Applied Mechanic, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa.
Scientific Committee: FRANCO MOSCA, MARIALINA MARCUCCI, MARCO SZORENYI, GIUSEPPE TOSCANO, MANRICO FERRUCCI, EVA PERINI, PIETRO BARTOLINI, ANDREA FERRANTE, PERICLE SALVINI, PIER FRANCESCO BERNACCHI, ALESSANDRO TOSI, MARCELLO CARROZZINO, MASSIMO BERGAMASCO
The Ghost in the Machines: Robots as Artistic Medium
BILL VORN, Concordia University, Montreal (Canada)
For 25 years, Bill Vorn has been building Robotic Art installations and performances staging machines as actors. Throughout these projects, he aims to question, reformulate and subvert the notions of anthropomorphism, projection and empathy that generally characterize the relationship between humans and machines.
Spectacular Machines – Robots in Performance
ELIZABETH ANN JACHUM, Aalborg University (Denmark)
The visual and performing arts are important sites for developing and evaluating what makes robots expressive. Live performance is also an ideal platform for exploring human-robot interaction: artists utilize creative methods for design and control techniques for robots in close-contact with humans. This talk explores the state of the art of robots in contemporary performance, and highlights innovative strategies for spectacular performances where human performers interact with robots in diverse and unexpected ways.
LOUIS PHILIPPE DEMERS, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU (Singapore)
We share and identify to biological, social and cultural experiences with performers on the stage. Phenomenologists and theatre theorists claim that these experiences are vastly grounded in the experiential body. What happens when we inject artificial constructions not only on the stage but also in tacitly human social scenarios? Having these radical encounters at the liminal space bordering man and machine, it forces audiences to (re)consider their human bodies and (re)visit their embodied experiences.
The mythology and fear of the robot in contemporary art: from the Dadaist mannequins of 1916 to the post-internet enhanced landscape of the 9th Berlin Biennial of 2016
LORENZO BRUNI Co-ordinator of non-profit space BASE – Projects for the art of Florence. Teacher of History of Art and Visual Arts / Graphic Design at the Accademy of New Technologies of Rome
Today, the contemporary artists, who face with the theme of the expansion of the human perceptive media, enabled by electronic applications, introduce the theme of the augmented-estranged landscape. This answer is radically different from the one experimented by the artists of the beginning of the past century, that, living in a full scientific and industrial boom, focused on the theme of the augmented/alienated body. Perhaps, in a post-ideology society characterized by social networks, the current interpretation of artists is connected to the possibility of the citizen/consumer to be in more places in the same instant. Or it means …