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Jane Prophet: Decoy at ioLAB
photo: Dan Mihaltianu

Veronica Diesen
Kunstig Liv / Artificial Life


ioLAB and Tou Scene
Stavanger, Norway

August 15 - September 13, 2003



Kunstig liv, or Artificial Life was an exhibition that explored different ways of understanding life in a technocratic time. Methodologically and philosophically, this exhibition has many similarities with other exhibition I have curated, for instance Lovesick. Some of the most important questions asked in Lovesick were related to how technology has changed our notion of love, emotions and intimacy. In Artificial Life, these notions are explored in a broader context: one of its main questions dealt with the notion of life in relation to science and technology.

Artificial Life or Alife has become a recognised term within Scientific research that is related to computer technology and its attempts to create software that simulates biological life. Alife touches upon many different disciplines such as biology, morphology, cognitive psychology, (bio) information/ computer-science, (bio)-semiotics and gene-technology. This new interdisciplinary paradigm regards life as something that can be explained and even copied through the use of computer-technology and its language. There is as such a belief in a highly technical and neutral language, freed from relative and subjective interpretations.

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Dan Mihaltianu: An iodissey
photo: Dan Mihaltianu

Part of the intention of Artificial Life was to invite artists to explore a different notion of Artificial Life. Morten Kvamme and Ruben Patel produced a heat installation called 37 degrees. The concept behind this piece was to keep one of the rooms in the exhibition space at a constant temperature similar to that of the human body. To make this possible, they developed a computer programme based upon thermodynamics. The programme was connected to small robot devices which were placed inside the heated room and that would transmit signals each time the radiators had to be turned up or down.

Jane Prophet: Decoy
photo: Jane Prophet

A symposium in conjunction to the exhibition took place on August 16 in a former power station at Florli in the Lysefjord right outside Stavanger. Participators included Dr. Mike King, Ruben Patel and Veronica Diesen.

Slideshow: Veronica Diesen - Kunstig Liv

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