Topic group: CREATIVE ROBOTICS
OF(F) THE GAZE delves into the complex and at times contradictory interplay between humans, machines, and their visual engagement. The robotic dog, Spot, is absent in form yet remarkably present, materializing through visual projections that perfectly mirror its computational gaze. As visitors confront their own spot-on reflections, they simultaneously face the machine’s analytical gaze, seamlessly projected onto the mirrors.
Such a juxtaposition of human and machine gazes raises questions about who is watching whom and what it means to be scrutinized by technology. The visualizations induce a feeling of disorientation and doubt, leaving the question of where viewers are supposed to direct their attention. This uncertainty reflects the equivocal nature of our association with technology, which functions as both a tool and a potential hazard. OF(F) THE GAZE serves as a reminder of our evolving reality, where machines, though built by humans, are steadily advancing. As these machines grow adept at perceiving and comprehending the world, it is imperative to contemplate the consequences for our own human essence.
Tiziano Leonardi (AT), Amir Bastan (IR), Johannes Braumann (AT)