kirsty boyle :: robotics artist

Robot Dreams @ Museum Tinguely + Kunsthaus Graz

My next exhibition-
Museum Tinguely 9 June – 12 September 2010
Kunsthaus Graz 9 October 2010 – 9 January 2011

Curators: Peter Pakesch, Katrin Bucher Trantow, Andres Pardey, Roland Wetzel

With Thomas Baumann (A), John Bock (D), Kirsty Boyle (Aus), Sibylle Hauert and Daniel Reichmuth (CH), Jon Kessler (USA), Nam June Paik (J), Niki Passath (A), Walter Pichler (A), Francois Roche (F), Virgil Widrich (A) and others.

Robots are no longer found just on the factory floor or as highly developed imaginary creatures in science-fiction stories. They are moving into our homes, taking to the water or the air, optimizing artificial limbs, helping autistic children and surveying fields.

The exhibition Robot Dreams is our second co-production with the Jean Tinguely Museum in Basle. Like the first, the successful Moving Parts exhibition in 2004, which featured contemporary kinetic art, it breaks new ground – this time in the field of artificial intelligence. It explores the political, social and artistic implications of new intellectual ideas associated with robots as the android automatons originally conceived solely as mankind’s drudges. 8 artists are being invited to develop projects specially for the exhibition.

Borrowing its title from Isaac Asimov, the exhibition endeavours to pin down the term ‘robot’ and its association with various concepts such as power, control and fear. The projects go on the trail of pressing questions of embodiment, the interaction between man and machine, biopolitics and various forms of swarm-oriented thinking (e.g. community-organised thinking), also feedback from developments in the realm of artificial intelligence relative to the perception of human behaviour and human intelligence.

Robots act here as an artistic medium, a mirror of ethical considerations to do with artificial beings and differing definitions of intelligence. Naturally, this involves taking a critical (and often coolly detached) look at its different levels of meaning in respect of the Other.


New Media Art Award 2012
03.08 - 04.11 2012
Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

artist in residence
01.10 - 31.12 2012
Rote Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland
supported by the City of Zurich