[NetBehaviour] FASTFORWARD ON NEW MEDIA ART: ROBOTS

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Nov 7 01:21:31 CET 2007


FASTFORWARD ON NEW MEDIA ART: 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

On the occasion of the SECOND internaTionaL FORUM fastforward on new 
media art, the PAN | Palazzo delle Arti Napoli presents the exhibition 
FASTFORWARD ON NEW MEDIA ART: ROBOTS.

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.

FASTFORWARD ON NEW MEDIA ART: ROBOTS
08.11.07 > 03.12.07
a project curated by Laura Bardier
supervisor Julia Draganovic

FASFORWARD ON NEW MEDIA ART: ROBOTS | 08.11.07 > 03.12.07
artists
France Cadet / Christian Faubel / Pascal Glissmann e Martina Höfflin / 
Ken Goldberg / Leonel Moura / Kenneth Rinaldo / Robotlab
opening 08.11.07 - 7:00 pm
opening hours weekdays: 9.30 am > 07.30 pm | holidays: 9.30 am > 02.00 
pm | closed on Tuesdays
ticket euro 5.00 / euro 3.50 | the ticket office closes 1 hour before

ROBOTIC CONVERSATION | 11.9.07 ore 03:00 pm
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 e 11.17.07 - 11:00 am
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 e 12.01.07 - 18:00 pm
in collaboration with Mediateca Santa Sofia

INFO
+39 081 795 86 05
guided tour: +39 081 446810
info at palazzoartinapoli.net
www.palazzoartinapoli.net

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+39 081 795 86 43
sarah.galmuzzi at palazzoartinapoli.net

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