Yves, Jean, we are all in here_
On the floor in the empty room a robotic object is moving about. The robot is equipped with a camera which is casting a video feed on the wall, it moves and pauses randomly about, it shivers and shakes.
Instead of a gallerist or the artist, the visitor is welcomed by a dysfunctional robot which is reading the space in the interstice between now and later.
In her new book Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, Sherry Turkle discusses the possibility of artificial intelligence. Our recent encounters with sociable robots are about our own vulnerabilities rather than the capacity of the machine. If an object thrives under my care I will experience that object as an intelligent object. More important though, Turkle says, is the relations I develop with the object. These relations are not about what the machine can do, machines cannot feel, but what the machine can evoke in its user.
This exhibition contains works which are partly made by robots.