Robot Art

Robot Art
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Robots are already among us - they play music, mine cryptocurrency, chat, interact on social networks and influence our decisions. As opposed to their fictional counterparts, where robots look like humans, in the contemporary world, they are virtual software agents, colloquially called “bots”, which principally carry out repetitive actions at speeds far superior to human capabilities. These bots understand, amass knowledge, repeat infinitely, relieving humanity of some dreadful tasks - but at what cost? Through 20 works of art based on digital codes, the artists reveal how profoundly these codes have become a part of our lives, our society, global geopolitics, the economy, the workplace, infrastructure and even the perception of our “source code” - DNA - and our thinking. In the piece bot, 2017-18 by Aaajiao - the most famous new media artist - artificial intelligence is applied to create the prototype of a machine capable of representing the thoughts of a person. A fascinating (and sometimes disturbing) perspective on our world now dominated by technology.

Chiara Vedovetto - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Shanghai