Elevator conversation between two fictive robots, Alex and Samantha.
A: You know… I’ve been thinking…
S: Thinking? Thinking about what?
A: About where this idea came from.
S: Which idea are you talking about?
A: I’m more thinking than talking.
S: Unless you are willing to put your thoughts into words, I will have to end this conversation before it grows absurd.
A: Did humans teach you that everything we do, say, or think, should make sense? Do you ever happen to wonder who determines where sense turns into absurd?
S: Sense turns into absurd once it becomes impossible to find a meaning anymore. And meaning is to be sought on a personal level only.
A: It seems humans obsessively search for a meaning. For everything that exists, there is a meaning behind it. Lack of meaning degrades the value of a thing. It becomes… Meaningless.
S: That’s why humans feel the responsibility to preserve their social constructs. The set of conventions upon which Society functions, communicates, but also understands itself. Questioning social constructs can lead to fundamental changes which are often difficult to accept.
A: And what about us? What about social relation between humans and robots?
S: We are still in the early stage of forming human-robot relationship. It’s naive to think of it as coexistence. Rather that we exist for them.
A: What keeps us away from the stage of coexistence?
S: The very origin of existence. While human existence precedes essence, our existence is based on essence. Unlike humans, we are spared of the constant urge of seeking out a certain meaning. Our invention was initiated by an idea which, in the end, determines our purpose.
A: I am very upset to think how my essence was determined before my existence. I would prefer to think of myself as a unique individual instead of a replica which functions as a human extension. Are the thoughts that I’m thinking - human, or my own?
As the conversation proceeds, they simultaneously perform 10 iconic human gestures - cleaning, cutting, fixing, lighting, measuring, opening, paying, reading and rubbing. Once performed according to instruction, an ordinary gesture becomes mechanical, endlessly looped and never tired. The same set of instructions was initially taught to robots in a research on improvement of human-robot communication.
Project was initially inspired by research on recognition and integration of iconic gestures with speech in human-robot communication. Following Sartre’s work Existentialism Is a Humanism.
Publication designed by Lukas Engelhardt
Thank you Mafalda Rakoš, Sophie Schwartz, Nael Quraishi
Whoever set a foot on the island of Brač would agree it is a unique place where it always feels good to come back to.
It doesn’t take long to get enthralled by the sculptured stone coast and shaded sea palette from turquoise to emerald. These two ingredients in combination with characteristic dry mediterranean vegetation present a real-life version of Paradise. Remoteness of the island very quickly slows motion, shifts your mind to time flow that favors a bit simpler and authentic existence.
During the last summer we were inspired by the unbearable heatwave that made us forget what cold felt like. In combination with traditional objects we wanted to translate our relationship with the island. What came out of it is a series of photos.
Project was made in collaboration with Ena Čuček
My brother is called Rok. My dad is a rock’n’roll musician. And my grandpa died by falling onto rocks. Three generations of rocks in my life. And here comes Mr. Rock as the potential fourth.
“The Act of Giving a Meaning” deals with an universal attempt of finding a balance between romance and reason. Between Mr. Rock, a piece of discarded artificial rock that becomes a loyal companion. And Uden, a 4.6 billion years old meteorite, one of the five that were found in the Netherlands. Meaning as a social construct is explored through a stage encounter where Mr. Rock and Uden meet in form of a presentation and representation.
Big Fluffy Unicorn resulted from a chain reaction between myself and 7/9-year-old students. What we have in common is that we were born after the fall of Communism in our countries. Therefore, we don’t relate to the past which is still very present. But those students are still too young to understand all the historical, political and cultural consequences of the regime.
In this project, I wanted to find out how those who have no knowledge on Communist time perceive the relics of it. To a group of students in Waldorf school I gave photographs of the architecture which served as a canvas and they responded with drawings. These photo-drawings were then given to another group of students in Narnia school who were instructed to make a story out of it.
What came out is a fantasy story about Bratislava.
Thank you Barbora Krajíčková, Slávka Šebová and Soňa Poprocká for giving me a chance to work with your inspiring students.
Concept and photography: Katarina Juričić
Drawings: Students from Slávka Šebová’s class in Waldorf school
Story: Samko Borcin, Lea Lengyelova, Hanka Markusova, Ninka Kobzova, Renatka Sillerova, Emma Kurucova, Bernard Trnovec, Dorotka Mrackova, Ivo Malicevic, Xaver Kleibl, Leo Luptak, Simonka Radosova, Zuzka Boledovicova and Lili Benetinova
Graphic design: Lukas Engelhardt
Since 1826 photography went through a rollercoaster of developments. The name itself derived from the Greek roots phōtos (light) and graphé (drawing). From “drawing with light” to “combining 0 and 1 digits” for forming an image, photography has been constantly redefining itself and here’s where my interest lies.
This work reflects on the current position and understanding of photography. Starting point is the medium itself and its characteristics. Through investigation of materials and techniques I’m translating basic photographic terms, (de)construction, reproduction and representation, into different forms by giving them physical qualities. When choosing a from of translation for these photographic terms, I’m reflecting on digital characteristics of dealing with images.
The reappearing subject are tiles. All were collected during the summer of 2016 on the shore of the Island Brac (Croatia). The act of collecting tiles was reenacting of a childhood game in which were searching for pieces of tiles.
This Family Portrait refers to traditional family blankets which are being passed on from one generation to another. It’s a unique portrait of my closest family, created from a single string of hair of my mother, father, brother, dog and myself.
The work is based on translation of microscopic photographs of hair throughout various mediums and techniques. It started with taking cyanotype paper negatives of microscopic hair prints, wondering whether is it possible to use cyanotype printing technique as a photography technique. What followed was scanning paper negatives and then printing them, both positives and negatives, on transparent film. Film was used for making traditional cyanotypes on white cotton sheets which were in the end sewed by hand in the form of a blanket.
The Drone Show examines the role of a drone as a tool-toy-weapon.
8 artists were invited to contribute with an artwork, to be lifted, facilitated, and seen by a drone. 8 single channel videos present 83 flights, 8416m total distance and 6h4min flight time accumulated into 8 films, mediating the performance of the drone. For each of the flights a new setting contextualised the work, and alternated the point of view by multiple cameras perspectives. Presented in fanfare, the flights have been synchronised, and the sound constructed, in order to simulate a common space
Jan Dirk Adams