VIDEO FOREVER #44 : ROBOTS
MARCH 5, 7PM @ Topographie de l’Art
15, rue de Thorigny – 75003 Paris
Presented by Paul Ardenne & Barbara Polla, within the latest exhibition by Paul Ardenne, Humanimalismes at Topographie de l’Art.
With videos by, among others, Janet Biggs, Cindy Coutant, Justine Emard, Ali Kazma, Pascal Haudressy, Stelarc, Hadrien Tequi, the collective Pierre Cassou-Noguès, Stéphane Degoutin and Gwenola Wagon, and more.
A robot is a « mechatronic device » designed to perform tasks by imitating or reproducing human actions automatically. While robots were mentioned for the first time by Homer, in the contemporary world they have acquired a specific and rapidly evolving identity. Robots may be perceived as a threat to humans (Deep Blue defeats Kasparov at chess in 1997), and a mythology of the perverse machine has been developed in science fiction (Hal, 2001 :A Space Odyssey, Terminator, RoboCop …). But in the 2.0 era, robots have become possible allies that can avert the ever-increasing fatigue of human beings trapped in complicated, sometimes meaningless lives. Whether they clean our world (Wall-E), ease our loneliness (Her, Real Humans …) or become full citizens (Sophia in Saudi Arabia, 2017), robots are precious, and their company now resembles an elaborate form of friendship. Artificial intelligence is constantly evolving and will soon be followed by artificial emotion. Video art – and cinema – depict, in their own specific ways, this intriguing symbolic shift.