GAZE: About Looking and Being Looked At

Johannes Braumann, Amir Bastan


Industrial robots are being seamlessly integrated into creative processes, enhancing artistic endeavours by automating repetitive tasks and enabling collaborative exploration. This convergence prompts reflection on the evolving role of the artist and the impact of mechanisation on the nature of creativity.

In the course of these lectures, we will examine human-robot interaction from a psychoanalytic perspective, discussing Transference, Fantasies, Fears, and Desires that we experience while working, making, and being with robots. 

In the experimental part of the lecture, our focus shifts to the public dimension. We’ll delve into a comprehensive set of skills for operating, programming, and managing Spot, the quadruped robot from Boston Dynamics. Together we’ll construct an inspection mission on the main square of Linz, emphasising the public space of the Kunstuniversität Linz. The information gathered during this inspection will serve as the basis for the artistic and scientific explorations that will follow within each student’s individual project. 

August 26, 2023, 14:30 – 17:00
August 28, 2023, 14:00 – 17:00
Hauptplatz 6

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