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15 + 16 May 2015
A Lab, Volkshotel & Radion, Amsterdam
Audiovisual art,
digital culture & music

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Symposium — Location: Volkshotel

Frouke ten Velden & Nick Verstand NL
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We are reaching a point where software and hardware are no longer separate things. Information and matter are merging into one.

Date: 16 May
Location: Volkshotel
Time: 10.00 – 18.00 hrs

Like with any being, we establish a relationship with digital beings, consciously or subconsciously, intended or unintentional. As our environment becomes increasingly ‘smart’ and automated, a new generation of software is being deployed into our technology. Artificial Intelligence, or AI, will make it possible for technology to use reason, learn to plan and to learn languages, or in short: become a digital entity on its own. But what makes a being a living being? 

Audiovisual artist & sculptor Frouke ten Velden, composer & media artist Nick Verstand and onformative studio for generative design (Berlin) play with this question and put their effort the series ‘ANIMA’. The series explores the nature of living things and investigates how we emotionally relate to a digital being. In order to better understand this relationship ANIMA was created: a spherical digital entity that communicates with us by interpreting our body’s movements and sounds. A generative being that comes to life through interaction. At the symposium they’ll talk about their work and the boundaries and overlaps between living beings and designed objects.

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