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RIXC Art Science Festival 2019

RIXC is a Media Art centre based in Riga Latvia. They have been running an ambitious and experimental media art programme since 2000. This year the RIXC Festival features the UN/GREEN exhibition and the conference Open Fields 2019: UN/GREEN: NATURALLY ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCES

I will present on 6th July a talk at the conference with the catchy title: What to make [techno-] art about in the age of ecological collapse?…

 

Video above: Pond Battery by Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits, 2015

Smit and Smits, curators of the UN/GREEN exhibition, have been making several installations using microbial fuel cells. I am interested in hearing more about the work, as I experimented with similarly sticky technology in collaboration with Michka Melo in the Power of the Mud and Mudbots projects.

AI has been delayed

A quick note on a recent post by AI and robotics expert Rodney Brooks, from his blog largely focused on misconceptions about AI and its imminent takeover. The post dated May 17th 2019 is titled AGI has been delayed (A-rtificial G-eneral I-ntelligence). Brooks looks into the state of the art technology of autonomous cars and, informed by these observations, predicts that AGI, an artificial intelligence with the same versatility and adaptability as a human intelligence will not occur before 2300.

 

 

Brooks writes a short paragraph about the dangers of AI that rings very true with some of my current concerns:

“what does [the fact that autonomous cars are not to be around for another few decades]  say about predictions that AGI is just around the corner? And what does it say about it being an existential threat to humanity any time soon. We have plenty of existential threats to humanity lining up to bash us in the short term, including climate change, plastics in the oceans, and a demographic inversion. If AGI is a long way off then we can not say anything sensible today about what promises or threats it might provide as we need to completely re-engineer our world long before it shows up, and if when it does show up it will be in a world that we can not yet predict.”

 

 

Western Flag

Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas), John Gerrard 2017

One of my favourite artworks of recent years…

In a Channel 4 interview Gerrard describes oil as “a dynamic that allowed for a very particular change in society, allowed for hyper-mobility, changes in food and agriculture. Much of what we think of as ‘real’ is a petroleum reality. Heat, comfort, mobility, it all comes from petroleum.”

dorkbot Cardiff #17

After 5 years of hibernation dorkbot Cardiff is back!

 

Techno-artist Myles Leadbeatter suggested we revive the old beast at the occasion of his exhibition in the brand new @Shift artspace in the basement of the Capitol Centre, Cardiff UK.

 

When: Friday 8th March 7PM

Where: Shift Artspace, Capitol Centre, Queen St, Cardiff CF10 2HQ

 

Line-up, all techno artists for this one: Myles Leadbeatter who will talk about his onsite installation, Nicola Schauermann on Genetic Moo‘s collaborative project Superorganism, Simon Fenoulhet on his artwork and public commissions and me with an update of where my work is going.

 

If things go well, we are thinking of running more dorkbot sessions after this one.

 

Genetic Moo, Superorganism

 

Myles Leadbeatter’s installation mechanism

 

Simon Fenoulhet, Torch Theatre

 

Talk: What to make [techno]-art about in 2019?



From self-augmented cyborgs to deep green resistance to clever robot dogs: what to make [techno-] art about in 2019?

 

Paul Granjon is an artist interested in our relation to technology, or more precisely the co-evolution of humans and machines. He has explored the subject for 20 years, making robots, performances and participative events. Granjon’s work aims to raise questions about human augmentation, dependency, and empowerment within our fast moving techno-present. After providing a brief context to some of his key works, Granjon will present a selection of facts, artworks and speculations addressing ecology, transhumanism, artificial creatures, global data capture and share reflections about the future of art and technology practices in 2019.

 

CSAD Masters Research Seminar 10
Presented by Paul Granjon

Thu, 14 February 2019
16:00 – 17:30 GMT
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff School of Art & Design, B Block
Llandaff Campus, Western Avenue
Cardiff
CF5 2YB

Spot Mini robot dance

Boston Dynamics gets into the groove with this video of their Spot Mini quadruped, including some anthropomorphic robosexy moves that might tickle some public.

 

Another Spot Mini video, this one got more than 5 million hits since February. It is more in the Boston Dynamics tradition with a Skynet-like machine behaviour and robot abuse moments. 16000+ comments, largely about the themes mentioned above.

Mud and kids and Microbits

I am in the middle of a new Lead Creative Schools project (I ran another one last year). Aimed at promoting a creative approach to teaching and life, the scheme allows a class in a primary school to work with a creative practitioner for approximately 10 teaching days on a made-to-measure project. This time I work with a year 6 class (10-11 year olds), combining creative technology and outdoors activities. We code Microbits and upcycle e-waste in the morning and build dens and mud batteries in the afternoon, a fine balance!

Vintage evil slave robots

I found this photo while tidying some drawers. These are two friends in robot costumes for a no-budget sci-fi pilot I shot in 1993 called Euronutrifood. They are supposed to be evil slave robots. Thanks again and respect to the ghosts in the machine: Raphaëlle Paupert-Borne and Matthieu Demouzon.

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