Transfigured Design – exploring interactions between objects, humans and robot
It is commonly accepted that our relation to inanimate objects is different than to biological entities. Animacy as discriminating and conceptualizing animate from inanimate in the live world on the one hand is part of our survival kit on the other it is David Hasselhoff's KITT.
The focus of this week is on the latter. The aim is to look at humans affection to lifelike processes as a stylistic device. This is apparent for example in the attractions of cartoons, bringing drawings to life, animated artefacts like renowned desktop lamp from Pixar or the artifical intelligence found in David's car (riding the knight and safe lifes) or robots.
The purpose of this week is to make, perform and experience design structures, processes and interventions playing with animacy. In particular exploring together the attraction and possibilities of transfiguring the animate-inanimate distinction. One of our protagonists of this matter will be movement as an expressive form. Further nutrients will be provided from arts, design and science to discuss underlying concepts from A to Z starting with animacy, agency and anthropomorphism.
1975* VS-Villingen. Since 1998 Olsen is working as a freelance artist, giving workshops and lectures. He studied media arts at the HdK Zurich and Bellas Artes at the Universidad Barcelona. He concluded a PhD with the 'Affinity to Artefacts: Humans' Perception of Movement in Technological Objects' in Media Arts and Technology at Queen Mary, University of London. Founding member and board member of the non-profit art association Global Forest e.V.. Olsen lives and works in St. Georgen im Schwarzwald.