CYLAND MediaArtLab artist Alexandra Dementieva shares her reports from the recent exhibition she had visited in Paris, France. Both exhibitions explore an immersive and interactive digital world – an augmented body sensory experience that subverts our notions of space and time. The exhibition “La invención de Morel” (“The Invention of Morel”) at Maison de l’Amérique latine à Paris is named after a celebrated novel by Argentine writer Adolfo Bioy Casares depicting a strange invention capable of recording human lives and later – inhabiting these recordings. Despite being written in 1940, “The Invention of Morel” serves as a poetic explanation of our current technologies revolutionising human lives and even the conditions in which artworks are produced, presented, disseminated, conserved and received.
“Artistes and Robots” at the Grand Palais is an opportunity to experience works of art produced with the help of increasingly sophisticated robots. Featuring works by some forty artists, it offers a gateway to an immersive and interactive digital world – an augmented body sensory experience that subverts our notions of space and time.
This selection of works explores the questions raised by artists, which are also questions we ask ourselves : What can a robot do that an artist cannot? If it has an artificial intelligence, does a robot have an imagination? Who decides: the artist, the engineer, the robot, the spectators or everyone together? What is a work of art? Should we fear robots? Artists? Artist-robots?
For more information on “The Invention of Morel” visit http://www.mal217.org/ and for “Artistes and Robots” – https://www.grandpalais.fr/en/event/artistes-robots.