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The Somatist, The Entropist & The Skeptic – the project that mixes art with science launches an open call for entries for “Art Clinical Tests”


Floriama Candea, Sabina Suru & Andrei Tudose and Cătălin Creţu, the four artists behind the project, together with Cristian Balaş (programmer) and Dr. Victor Diculescu (researcher at the National Institute for Materials Physics), propose an exploration of how that people react to new technologies not only physically, but also psychologically and relationally, questioning how their well-being is or is not closely related to technology.

The aim of the project is to raise awareness of the responsibility we have in the human-technology relationship, by researching the ability of technology to be an invisible guide to our behaviors, habits and physical and emotional states. At the same time, “The Somatist, The Entropist & The Skeptic” opens a topic of discussion about how people can actually influence new technologies, with art as a medium for representing their needs, interactions, and ideas.

In this sense, between June 9 and 15, at the Malmaison Workshops in Bucharest (Calea Plevnei 137C, 2nd floor), the Qolony Association will organize “Art Clinical Tests”, an event in which the public will interact with the artistic and technical team of the project , as well as with the technologies used for the realization of the artistic installation.

Those who wish to take part in the “Art Clinical Tests” are invited to register at http://qolony.eu/act/, where they can choose their date and time, depending on the schedule: June 9 between 18:00 – 22 : 00, during the event Two Thursdays, then June 10 – 15 between 16:00 – 19:00.

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During these sessions, the project’s creative and research team will be able to test both the theoretical premises of the project, the possible degree of public involvement and the technologies involved in the development of the final art installation, while the public will have the opportunity to actively participate in the creation. unique works of art to represent their moods and reactions.

The event will take place in two creative spaces / workshops:

1. Artificial Intimacy Lab
Sabina Suru and Andrei Tudose propose to the participants in “Art Clinical Tests” an experience that revolves around defining the type of relationship that can be manifested in the interaction between man and artificial intelligence: it is car a tool, a neutral assistant, or do we personify and develop a relationship with her? During this session, participants are invited to a room, alone with a machine learning algorithm connected to a webcam, where they are free to control this interaction, showing what and how much they want the car in a human-machine privacy experiment.

2. Synthetic Reactions Lab
Floriama Candea invites the public to donate physiological data. For 10 minutes, each participant interacts with a series of objects that will monitor in real time some parameters of his physiological state (heart rate, skin conductivity and brain electrical activity), and their transcripts will be transferred to objects that will visual, audio or kinetic performer and which will be presented in the final installation of the project.

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With all the data collected by the computer or sensors, Cătălin Creţu feeds an algorithm for transforming fingerprints into sound gestures through which both the technology and the physiology of the human body are expressed in the real world.

More details about the event here: https://www.facebook.com/qolony.eu/events/

The final installation of the project will be presented in September at Simultan Festival Timişoara, as well as during an event in Bucharest, which will take place at the Scena9 Residence (November – December).

“The Somatist, The Entropist & The Skeptic” discusses the habits of using common technologies, trying to emphasize the way we consent and actively participate in the production of future directions for the development of the culture and routine of our daily lives.

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