Doubts arise questions that require answers.
10. – 12. Oct. 2013
At the beginning of the 21st century there is an important paradigm, a symbiosis of the biological and technological, as one of the possible methods of survival of Homo sapiens. Technology has advanced so much that it is now assuming the place of the cognitive principle of nature. The contemporary technology is no longer understood merely instrumentally, but as a means to achieve the aim. Technological innovations, throughout the history – from mechanical automats driven by clock mechanisms to electro-mechanical devices, space and telecommunication technologies, genetic engineering and robotics, are not only some neutral tools, but they actually co-create the new essence of a man.
Art, science and philosophy represent cohesive elements to the understanding of the human genesis, as they – in synthesis – found a new culture of our species. To see, think, justify, and be informed, do not represent only the qualities of the physical relation to the world, but they reach into the field of metaphysical and psychological. They complement the picture and the thought of self-awareness. Productional perception in the field of contemporary visual artistic practices includes into the term also socio-scientific researches on the situation in the field of existential problematics of a human being as a unit. The speed of the changes generated and dictated to us by the technological development of digital and virtual components inevitably effects also the socio-economic politics within the principle of globalization. At the first sight, the chaotic development of consumer culture and the new-media society seem unstoppable. All these tours and detours of the evolution of our civilization are also marked by the production of the visual works, presented at the Speculum Artium 2013 Festival.
The topics of the current festival edition problematize anthropomorphic robotics. Nowadays, robots represent one of the most complex technical achievements of the humankind. It is the paradigm of how to adjust the world to our own measures, found already established throughout the entire history of art and science, that is swiftly taking over the space of the natural by the development of new technologies. The historical transformation of the body is reaching new peaks in connection with the artificial technological structure. There is a time frame being established, based on the recognition that nothing is ever going to be the same as before, when exactly the robots, as well as artificial bio-organisms are going to be the ones who will reason for us what the essence of life is, or what it means to be a human. The mimesis of a robot, a device with a series of sensors, controls, and pneumatic drives is becoming a simulacrum of the presence of human emotions.
HEAD OF FESTIVAL: Zoran Poznič, M.A.
CURATOR: Maša Jazbec, prof. fine arts
Lectures & demonstrations, 10th October 2013, 17.00, theatre hall DDT:
-Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro (JP) Lecture and Geminoid HI-4 demonstration
Accompanying event international video art festival DIGITALBIGSCREEN, cinema hall, Delavski dom Trbovlje