Robots in captivity
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Robots in captivity: the exhibition
What does it mean to be human? This has been a theme for artists and thinkers for centuries. In the present time, another layer has been added: What does it mean to be human in an age of technology?
Machines are made by humans to make our lives easier, but are machines still serving humans?
Machines are getting smarter because of A.I. and data science, they can predict and even influence human behavior. Who is actually in control?
We tend to humanize machines, Siri talks to us in a warm human voice, care robots have a friendly appearance, yet human characteristics are also easily projected on less obvious machines such as toy cars and robotic lawn mowers by programming specific behaviour.
The complexity of the relationship between humans and technology was explored and exposed during the residence and exhibition "Robots in Captivity at Buitenplaats Doornburgh" that took place in the second half of 2021.
Currently the installations from this series are spread over various locations; four works got acquired by the science museum Nemo, Sloth formerly know as the Queen Mother is touring various musea and festivals. The rest is in hibernation until late 2022 the whole band is back together to make their first international appearance. Will keep you posted.
The press about the exhibition Robots in captivity:
'The best exhibition since ages. Hyper and touched at the same time.'
'Spectacular collection of robots makes us wonder'
'Touching and terrifying'
'Free the robot!'