HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel) will participate in the Ars Electronica Garden project with the international group show Real Feelings, created in partnership with MU Hybrid Art House in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Emotions are at the core of human experience. Love them or hate them, they influence every aspect of our lives and shape our social behaviour. In the 21st century, technology has started engaging emotions like never before. The international group exhibition will present works by 20 artists, in mediums ranging from artificial intelligence, interactive installations, robotics and biometrics to gaming, video installations, virtual reality and photography. They explore how technologies are collating, assessing or triggering our emotions in multiple ways and directions. These technologies are even creating new feelings, which we haven’t found words to describe yet.
Several works have been produced expressly for this exhibition and will be experienced for the first time. During Ars Electronica, HeK will present virtual tours through the exhibition and online talks with curators Sabine Himmelsbach, Ariane Koek and Angelique Spaninks, as well as with some of the participating artists who have also received prizes (Lauren LeeMcCarty – Golden Nica Interactive Arts +) or honorary mentions (Lucy McRae and Shinseungback Kimyonghun) in this year’s edition of the Prix Ars Electronica.
HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel) (CH)
HeK is dedicated to digital culture and the new art forms of the information age. It is a place for creative and critical discourse on the aesthetic, socio-political and economic impact of media technologies. HeK shows contemporary art that explores and configures new technologies; it promotes an aesthetic practice that uses information technology as a medium, makes it vividly accessible and actively intervenes in its processes. HeK thereby addresses the pressing issues of twenty-first-century culture and makes an active contribution to their future evolution.
Simone C. Niquille (CH), Sabine Himmelsbach (DE)
The curators behind the exhibition Real Feelings at HeK Basel in conversation with the participating Swiss artist Simone C. Niquille. Her work Elephant Juice, specifically commissioned for the show, explores artificial emotional intelligence being used in employment procedures. The work follows a character preparing for an upcoming automated job interview, reflecting on the limits of objectivity and automatic categorization of deeply personal and delicate matters of emotion.
Lucy McRae (GB), Angelique Spaninks (NL)
Sci Fi Artist and Body Architect Lucy McRae in conversation with the curators behind the exhibition Real Feelings. Her new work Solitary Survival Raft, shown at HeK, is an inflatable, reactive, breathing sculpture, inviting visitors to crawl into it for safety. The outbreak of Covid-19 has made our digitalized societies evade the human touch even more. Going against the idea of a future without being touched, McRae builds machines that gently embrace and hold the body.
Lauren Lee McCarthy (US), Kyle McDonald (US), Ariane Koek (GB)
Sabine Himmelsbach, Ariane Koek and Angelique Spaninks, the curators behind the exhibition Real Feelings at HeK Basel in conversation with the American artist Lauren Lee McCarthy. This Artist Talk allows insights into the work of a highly interesting and relevant artist, examining social relationships in the midst of surveillance, automation and algorithmic living. Her interactive installation Vibe Check, especially commissioned for the exhibition at HeK, consists of a series of cameras capturing and analyzing the visitors emotional reactions to each other, ultimately presenting the results to them individually.
Sabine Himmelsbach (DE)
Co-curator Sabine Himmelsbach will digitally guide you through the international group show Real Feelings at HeK Basel, to present work by 20 artists in mediums ranging from artificial intelligence, interactive installations, robotics and biometrics, to gaming, video installations, virtual reality and photography. The shown works examine how technology can capture, evaluate or generate our emotions in a variety of ways. Find out more about the artistic and curatorial choices that determined the installation and set design of the exhibition.
Project Credits / Acknowledgements
HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel) in cooperation with MU Hybrid Art House, Eindhoven
Artists: Antoine Catala (FR), Stine Deja & Marie Munk (DK), Heather Dewey-Hagborg (US), Justine Emard (FR), Cécile B. Evans (UK), Ed Fornieles (UK), Maria Guta & Adrian Ganea (CH/RO), Esther Hunziker (CH), Seokyung Kim (KR), Clément Lambelet (CH), Lorem (IT), Kyle McDonald & Lauren McCarthy (US), Simone C. Niquille (CH), Dani Ploeger (NL), Lucy McRae (AU), Shinseungback Kimyonghun (KR), Maija Tammi (FI), Troika (UK), Coralie Vogelaar (NL), Liam Young (AU)
Curators: Sabine Himmelsbach, Ariane Koek, Angelique Spaninks