The 2016 music video "Wide Open" by The Chemical Brothers shows a dancer slowly transforming into a digitalised motion figure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC2dRkm8ATU Lyrics: I'm wide open But don't I please you anymore? You're slipping away from me You're drifting away from me I'm wide open But don't I please you anymore? You're slipping away from me … Continue reading #10 – Digitalised
In 2005, Hiroshi Ishiguro created a robotic doppelgänger of himself. To create this mechanical android, he used silicone rubber, pneumatic actuators, powerful electronics, and hair from his own scalp. The roboticist controls him remotely through his computer, "using a microphone to capture his voice and a camera to track his face and head movements" The robot … Continue reading #9 – Lookalike
The SEER (Simulative Emotional Expression Robot) is a robot created by the Japanese researcher Takayuki Todo. It resembles a human by maintaining eye contact and mimicking emotions by imitating the eye and eyebrow movements, in real time. An in-built camera allows it to do so, by identifying and tracking human faces of people passing by. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJZcGJSK1Z0 … Continue reading #8 – Simulative Emotional Expression Robot
In 1999, Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno bought a manga figure from K-works, a Japanese agency. They named her Annlee (aka AnnLee or Ann Lee). Huyghe summarized the project on Art21: “We bought the copyright of a manga character, a sign. Annlee’s kind of signs are bought by people to make advertising, or, you know, … Continue reading #7 – “No Ghost Just A Shell”
Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s Stranger Visions features objects and faces generated from a computer, according to the DNA found on the items she picked up on the streets of New York City. The faces are life-size 3D printed portraits “representing what those individuals might look like, based on genomic research”. Her intent of this project was to … Continue reading #6 – Objects and DNA
Your environment often influences your identity. Who are you in the society? What role do you play? It is my opinion, that the more you know what is around you, the more you find out about yourself. “Nature Abstraction” is a Virtual Reality experience created by Matteo Zamagni, showing natural and biological forms of our … Continue reading #5 – What is Around Us Makes Us Who We Are.
Nowadays, we are living in a globalized world where cities are forced to compete with each other in order to be an attractive tourism destination, workplace and living space. Cities become a brand; they have to market themselves. Paris, for example, is very well known for being the city of light. Furthermore, it is associated … Continue reading #4 – City Identity