9 September 2021, 19:30 CEST
The Hmm @ Real Feelings
Coming back from our summer break, we’re very excited to be partnering with MU Hybrid Art house for our very first experimental hybrid event as part of the Real Feelings exhibition. Emotions are interwoven with every aspect of daily life and technology has begun to engage with our emotions like never before. Real Feelings presents the works of international contemporary artists who challenge, provoke and explore the accelerating interactions between technology and emotion. Do emotions make us human and distinguish us from robots and other machines? Or does the digital age ask for, or even demand, a redefinition of this terminology?
Tonight, join us for this very special experimental hybrid event where 8 speakers (joining us both online and in-person) will bring us into the entangled world at the intersection of emotions and technology.
🎟 Tickets 🎟
The Hmm @ Real Feelings is a hybrid event experiment. You can either purchase a ‘physical ticket’ and join us in person at MU or purchase a ‘virtual ticket’ and join us remotely. As an online visitor, you’ll be linked to a visitor who is physically there. This person will show you around the Real Feelings exhibition, bring you into contact with other visitors, and ask your questions to the moderator during the presentations (which you’ll be following via our livestream website). As a physical visitor you’ll be ‘hosting’ one of the online visitors, walking through the exhibition with them, and playing with all kinds of experimental devices and prototypes to ‘host’ your virtual buddy.
For both online and physical tickets (€5) a reservation is required, due to limited capacity.
📆 Schedule 📆
19:30 MU doors open
19.45 Walk-through exhibition starts (be on time online and in-person!)
20:00 Program starts
22:00 Program ends, visitors can hang out, see more of the exhibition
23.00 End of evening
🏠 Physical Event Location 🏠
MU Hybrid Art House
Torenallee 40-06 (Strijp-S)
5617 BD, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
👩🏽💻 Online Event Location 🤳🏽
If you’re joining us online you’ll be paired up with a buddy who will be with you during the whole event. When you purchase a ‘virtual ticket’ you’ll get an email with all the details about how to join us remotely.
Hybrid event experiments
Over the last year, we’ve been thrown headfirst into the world of online events and have been exploring all kinds of virtual spaces together, from VR chat rooms to collaborative spreadsheets. With cultural spaces slowly opening up again, we’re going to continue to actively experiment with a series of hybrid events as we delve even deeper into the internet cultures that shape, complicate, and transform our lives—further blurring the boundaries between the ‘online’ and ‘offline’ worlds. This event is our first hybrid experiment.
It can often be difficult to reflect on a question as simple as ‘how are you feeling?’ If you’re someone who can’t express how you’re feeling, find it difficult to talk about feelings, or can’t seem to have strong emotional connections, then Felix might be just for you. Felix is a social robot, created by product/interaction designer Lola Gielen, that helps all kinds of people communicate about their feelings and mental well-being. Lola will be joining us to talk about Felix, why we need tools like ‘happy bots’, and what they mean to the people who use them. Link
How can we give form to the non-stop stream of filmed confessions online? Esther is an artist, lecturer and media designer who uses deconstruction and montage as basic elements in her work. She often mixes the real with the illusory world, creating new alienated realities. She’ll be joining us to talk about her video and sound piece Streamers, where she borrows the ‘feelings’ expressed in the nonstop stream of filmed confessions online on global networks and gives the language new bodies—hybrid alien-like beings that resemble rocks or stones. Link
Current artificial intelligence, including emotion recognition technology, is based on algorithms. Professor Bert Kappen is investigating if the learning ability of AI can no longer be dependent on algorithms via quantum mechanics. He is exploring ways to use the ‘quantum brain’ to build neural networks and learning algorithms at the atomic scale. Tonight, he will share his motivation to study this and tell us whether quantum physics can make science less rational.
Can technology prevent skin hunger? Can a chair give you the feeling of intimacy? After taking a seat in the Skin-to-Skin sculpture, part of the Synthetic Seduction work in the Real Feelings exhibition, your answer will be ‘yes’. With this project, consisting of a video and a sculpture, artists Marie Munk and Stine Deja explore the meaning of love for robots and the influence of technology on our intimate experiences. Tonight Marie will join us for a talk about the project.
Researcher Lisanne Pauw, currently working on her post doc at the University of Münster, is specialised in emotion regulation. She researched why we share our emotions so frequently with others and why it often does not help us in the long run. Tonight she’ll explore how technology may help or harm our emotional sharing. Does it matter whether we talk about our feelings over WhatsApp, Zoom, or face-to-face? Can avatars replace the human listening ear?
(image: virtual therapist Ellie)
Nadia Piet & Ocean Conijn
By having words to describe certain sensations, we are better able to understand and share them. But when it comes to digital culture, our language is limited. In their project Dictionary of Digital, Nadia Piet and Ocean Conijn explore their own and others’ emotional relationship with technology by mapping shared experiences and sentiments. Tonight, Nadia and Ocean will introduce us to the phenomenons of ‘phantom reply’, ‘window effect’, and many more words in their dictionary.
Witchcraft and divination traditionally gave humans a sense of control over the elusive, enigmatic future. Today, Big Data seems to be the new power that predicts our future scenarios. With her project Digital Esoterism, artist Ginevra Petrozzi explores the role of magic and fate in our digital age by reading automated predictions as modern Tarot cards. Tonight she will analyse the message within a personalised, sponsored ad.
Minha Lee is an assistant professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Her research explores how we can design interactions with conversational agents like robots or chatbots as our moral mirrors for exploring moral emotions and concepts like compassion or fairness. Tonight she will talk about people’s willingness to punish robots if they have no emotional expressions.