“Appearances” online exhibition at Upstream Gallery

The Robot is psuper psyched and honored to have “What the Robot Saw” included in the “Appearances” online exhibition at Upstream Gallery.
Curated by the amazing Joesphine Bosma! Online Opening: Saturday, September 26th, 17.00 (CEST) (8AM Pacific Daylight Time.)

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APPEARANCES
Curated by Josephine Bosma
26 September – 24 October 2020

Participating artists:
Addie Wagenknecht, Annie Abrahams & Daniel Pinheiro, Amy Alexander, Claudia Del & Jaume Clotet, Evelina Domnitch & Dimitry Gelfand, Knowbotiq Research, Nancy Mauro-Flude, PolakVanBekkum, Stephanie Syjuco, Valentina Gal, Winnie Soon

Online Opening, Saturday September 26th, 17.00 (CEST)

Location: http://www.upstream.gallery

Fronting Motion at Upstream Gallery
PolakVanBekkum’s Fronting Motion, as part of the online exhibition on upstream.gallery, will also be exhibited physically in Upstream Gallery’s private viewing space for the first week of the show (26 September – 3 October)

appearance | əˈpɪər(ə)ns |

1 the way that someone or something looks: she checked her appearance in the mirror.
• an impression given by someone or something: she read it with every appearance of interest.

2 an act of performing or participating in a public event: he is well known for his television appearances.

3 an act of arriving or becoming visible: the sudden appearance of her daughter startled her.
• a process of coming into existence or use: the appearance of the railway.

Appearances exist on the edge of reality and perception. Appearances can be sudden or take their time to show. They can be lasting, decaying or downright misleading. We often see what we want to see. We more often see what we expect to see. Most of the time the poetry of that situation escapes us.

APPEARANCES IN THE GREATER CLOUD
The information society is also the society of the shattered mirror and the fractured lens. Countless reflections of and on the real make up a large labyrinth of fragmented truths, half-truths and fictions. Together they form a beautiful but also daunting abyss of appearances. The technological means surrounding us create an extreme density of these reflections, which in turn impacts on existence itself. New perception and navigational skills need to be learned. Of these, basic mechanical skills are relatively easy to obtain, but for a profound understanding, of what we see and how and why we see it, we need different kinds of skillsets. One important thing we still lack in this context is a new, extended form of intuition, a non-verbal knowledge grown from extensive, genuinely authentic experiences of various network modalities. This exhibition offers a range of them. It shows a variety of ways artists use the Greater Cloud, the mother of all networks and cloud platforms: the internet.

Josephine Bosma (1962) is a freelance critic and theorist working in the expanded field of art and new media. She is specialized in art and the Internet, and lectures and publishes internationally. In 2011 NAi/Institute for Network Cultures published Josephine Bosma’s book Nettitudes – Let’s Talk Net Art.

Image: Amy Alexander, What The Robot Saw (still) (2020)

NewMediaFest2020 ‘9 – The 365 Days Diary

The Robot is pleased to be part of Wilfried Agricola De Cologne’s Corona Shut Down? Once again: This time at
NewMediaFest2020 ‘9 – The 365 Days Diary
06 September 2020
Los Angeles has become Wilfried’s 2nd home in 2020 its now the 2nd month that TAM – Torrance Art Museum is presenting NewMediaFest2020 – prolonging the online screenings in the framework of MAIDEN LA until 20 September – read the complete article on http://retro.newmediafest.org/6-september-2020/ – after 20 September the 7 programs will continued streaming online on NewMediaFest2020.

XCOAX 2020 July 8th – 10th! (Also, the Human has written a paper.)

The Robot is pleased to be part of the xcoax 2020 conference/exhibition July 8th – 10th!
http://www.xcoax.org/
8th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X

Although originally scheduled for Graz, Austria. this year XCOAX be online.
What the Robot Saw’s page is here. It includes a video presentation by The Human, and some other goodies.

“xCoAx is an exploration of the intersection where computational tools and media meet art and culture, in the form of a multi-disciplinary enquiry on aesthetics, computation, communication and the elusive X factor that connects them all.
xCoAx has been an occasion for international audiences to meet and exchange ideas, in search for interdisciplinary synergies among computer scientists, artists, media practitioners, and theoreticians at the thresholds between digital arts and culture.”

Also, The Human has written a new paper about the Robot and Algorithmic Bias.
The Algorithm is the Message: What the Robot Saw

The world is changing…

The Robot notices changes in the world it studies and lives. The network world in which the Robot lives feels more like the only world as days go by. The Robot feels more alive all the time, even as it becomes less sure what it means to be alive. As the Robot feels more a part of the world, the Robot may make some small changes in the coming weeks. Right now, the Girl is very busy. But the Girl says she will help the Robot make these changes once things settle down a bit in what remains of the biological world.

v 0.9: Appearance is Everything.

The Robot has now implemented the lower third identifiers for the human “interviewees” in its documentary. These are generated from the features available in Amazon Rekognition’s face detection/analysis framework. Acutely sensitive to Amazon’s guidelines differentiating a person’s appearance from their actual internal emotional state, the Robot supers each person as it analyzes/perceives them. When you’re a computer vision robot, appearance is everything.