What we made for others
The OH-MAN, OH-MACHINE lab is a multi-disciplinary research initiative brining together artists, scientists and technology developers to investigate human-machine interaction, using both scientific and artistic research methods. The outcome of the group’s activity range from academic articles, critical texts to artistic and performative events. Current research project explores ‘re-embodied movement’ by using brain-computer interfaces based on EEG. Preliminary results will be published towards the summer of 2016.
First you think it is a show, then you find you are in an interactive park and suddenly realise you have undertaken a journey to a magical place you didn’t know existed and which is inside you.
In Itamar Shimshoni’s innovative exhibit, Stony 1.0 is a robot that operates inside a gallery hall. The robot moves around a real life size double headstone. During the day it “wonders” around, cleaning, placing a red rose then a dark stone on the headstoneand playing music.
The name “Stony 1.0” corresponds with the term Web 2.0 which relates to the second generation of online interactive content services. Sites are no longer static (as in first generation web, where surfers are passive), they now let surfers create, upload and share contents in a myriad of social networks. One could say that “Stony 1.0” places a (passive) mirror of the relationship between technology and death, without creating a dichotomy between them; while at the same time, it (actively) bases this relationship so that we can participatein real time mourning ceremonies.
Israeli Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale
At the upcoming 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, the Israel Pavilion will unveil LifeObject: Merging Architecture and Biology, a large scale sculptural installation exhibited alongside seven speculative architectural scenarios relating to the Israel spatial reality. The pavilion is re-conceived from a mere exhibition space into a research oriented platform that will foster renewed dialogue between architecture and biology, and will open to the public during the preview weekend, May 26 – 27, 2016, and on display to the public through November 2016.