Katrin Hochschuh (DE) and Adam Donovan (AU) are an artistic duo and KONTEJNER’s first residents within the European project EMAP/EMARE – European Media Art Platform. Hochschuh and Donovan have been working for the last two months on a production of a new artwork Empathy Swarm - a swarm of emotional robots that will be able to recognise human emotions and socially interact with people.
KONTEJNER is inviting you to meet Katrin, Adam, and their nonanthropomorphic emotional robots during an open studio hang out this Friday, August 31st 2018 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb. Katrin and Adam will tell you more about how they creatively merge art and technology through their artistic praxis, and how they have developed these peculiar emotional robots.
Empathy Swarm will be presented this year as a part of KONTEJNER’s Device_art 6.018 Festival: Machines Are Not Alone at Zagreb’s Museum of Contemporary Art from December 18th 2018 to February 3rd 2019. The project will also be shown as part of the EMAP/EMARE group show in November at the centre for media art IMPAKT, Netherlands. Development of the project will be carried on until the end of the year 2019 when the swarm will grow to 100 emotional robots that will be presented through Europe and Australia.
Local partners and collaborators: Culture of Change SC & Showroom of Contemporary Sound, Zagreb; Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb; Museum of Modern and Contemporary art Rijeka; Radiona.org; Ruđer Bošković Institute Zagreb; Tomislav Pokrajčić.
The EMAP/EMARE program is co-financed by the “Creative Europe” program of the European Union.