Why did you decide to participate in Re-Humanism?
Because I found the prize corresponded to the theme of my works. Also it was one of a few prizes focusing on new technologies and art in Italy.
Man, by nature, sometimes falls. The robot too. If the robot falls in the process of human emulation, are we facing a failure or a success?
Tell us the contradiction at the center of your performance.
To answer this question, I’d like to start with Nobert Wiener’s cybernetic theory, in which errors (or mistakes) are seen as feedback to the whole system in the process of self-regulation against entropy. This view of human as essentially self-organized organism shed a new light on our common saying: “Failure is the mother of success”. So I think there is no contradiction in my performance as well as any duality between men and robots. I hope this helps clarifying my intention.
PROLOGUE, HESITATION, THE FALL (KNEE DOWN), THE FALL (BOTTOM UP), THE GET UP, THE STAND UP, THE WALK, EPILOGUE. Your folding instructions associated with the performance tell of an “Ikea” approach to teaching / learning, typical of our time. No lateral thinking, we follow detailed instructions and we are wrong anyway, sometimes. If instead we decide to improvise, assuming the responsibility of choosing a different modality, ours, the fall does not become perhaps more “acceptable” and maybe get up again easier?
The idea of instructions in my work is to force a human being to follow it rigidly. However, the way we as human learn thing is different, as you mentioned improvisation and intuition. AI research since the beginning has been trying to inject these elements into machines so as to obtain a human-like intelligence. But the question really is why forcing machine’s intelligence to human’s standard wheareas they can have their own standard of intelligence like a species such as dolphins?
30 years, Vietnam, Italy, Portugal, France. A fall and a success that have marked you?
Yes. Actually the work relates to me more personally in the aspect of learning. I decided to take an artistic career seriously 5 years ago, which is quite late. 2 years ago I came to Italy to pursue an MA in Net Art and here I am, finishing my formal learning with a prize. It’s a good feedback to embark on my life-long learning ahead. Thank you!