Wade Marynowsky, Robot Opera, 2015, National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts, Taiwan 2016. Photograph Kito.

Wade Marynowsky, Robot Opera, 2015, National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts, Taiwan 2016. Photograph Kito.

ANAT SALON Sydney 2019 :: Emotionally Engaging the Machine

Transcript of ANAT Salon Sydney Emotionally Engaging the Machine

Described as the engine of the Enlightenment, the original salons were found in 17th Century Paris, where the intellectuals of the day gathered to exchange ideas and incubate new ones. ANAT SALON is a series of gatherings, where you’re invited to hear the best creative minds discussing the transformative and fascinating things being done across art + technology and how these will inform and transform our future. ANAT SALON is also a place for conversations between artists, scientists and technologists that will stay with you long after the event; where you can build new collaborations and forge new relationships across sectors.

ANAT Salon kicked off in November 2019, at the iconic Customs House in Sydney’s Circular Quay, with a deep exploration into the relationships between people and their machines.

As the boundaries between people and machines begin to blur, what does this mean for the way we relate with machines? Can humans emotionally engage with robots and machines, and vice versa? Or are emotional interactions with machines notional, unintentional reactions driven by anthropomorphism? What senses (if any) do AI’s use to emotionally engage with humans?

ANAT Salon Sydney brought together leading artists to explore and discuss human interactions with robots and machines. ABC’s technology reporter, Ariel Bogle spoke with Professor Mari Velonaki Director of UNSW’s Creative Robotics Lab, together with artists Dr Belinda Dunstan, Justin Harvey and Dr Wade Marynowsky.

Ariel Bogle is a technology reporter at the ABC. She writes, edits and makes radio about technology policy and culture. Most recently, she was technology editor at The Conversation. Her work has been published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Australian Financial Review and Slate, among other places.

Prof Mari Velonaki is an artist and researcher in the fields of Social Robotics and Interactive Media Art. Velonaki is a Professor of Social Robotics at UNSW. She is the founder and director of the Creative Robotics Lab (UNSW) and the National Facility for Human Robot Interaction Research. In 2014 she was voted by Robohub as one of the world’s 25 women in robotics you need to know about. She is the recipient of several competitive grants, including an Australia Research Council Fellowship and an Australia Council of the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship. Mari’s robots have been exhibited in multiple museums worldwide.

 Dr Belinda Dunstan is an academic at the UNSW Faculty of Built Environment and a member of the UNSW Creative Robotics Lab. She is an artist, researcher and lecturer in the space between art, design and technology. Her current research interests are in social robot morphology, technology ethics and responsive environments.

Justin Harvey is a Sydney based artist working across moving image, sound and installation. His solo works present abstract expressions of interactions between artist and machine, exploring the unintended beauty in the breakdown of the digital image.

Dr Wade Marynowsky is an artist, academic and researcher working across robotics, immersive and interactive performance and installation. His main body of research explores the notion of robotic performance agency by challenging notions of classical spectatorship and performance. His practice is characterised by large-scale robotic, sound, light and interactive works that combine humour, camp and a host of unnerving thematics to absorbing affect.

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