In contrast to sympathy, empathy allows us to put ourselves in the shoes of another. Can we actually train the brain to be more social?
Robots and computers have so far been conceived to perform punctual tasks and exercises in order to help humans with their daily tasks. What would happen if we managed to incorporate learning capabilities into the way they operate?
Questions about what additional knowledge and experience we can acquire by tinkering with and reflecting on current research in creative ways, and to what extend creativity in machines and artificial intelligence is being explored and developed are addressed and discussed.
Filmmakers have always been fascinated with the potential of dystopian scenarios where machines and humans endlessly collide in violent confrontations under a dark and gloomy sky.
The Talk Show closes our festival weekend by triggering conversations on the ultimate emotional puzzle: our common ecological future.
The project and installation, specifically developed for STATE Festival 2016, will engage the emotional cognition of visitors' stomachs and intestines in solving one of the world's most pervasive and intractable problems: anthropogenic climate change.
Poppy N+Z is a performance for a dancer, a Poppy robot, a philosopher and a musician who live together, observe each other and interact on stage.
The project “Humans Sound Like Apes” addresses the field of affective sciences in humans and animals and the way mankind extrapolates human-centered academic terminology (e.g. from psychology) to the natural world.
This Foresight Workshop by FUTURIUM provides a hands-on introduction to the methodology of future research for scientists and other creators who are interested in "tomorrow“.
Would you be able to sniff out your future partner in the STATE crowd?
The workshop provide festival goers with the possibility of experiencing an embodied VR set up that will allow them to put themselves in someone else's shoes.
AXNS Collective is a not-for-profit, curatorial collective that explores intersections between art, neuroscience and technology (axnscollective.org).
What would you like them to do if your jewellery, your furniture and your curtains could do something when we feel bad?
In this talk, I will contend with the cultural anxieties and expectations that surround the feminine posthuman, and suggest important links between contemporary robotics and AI, gender, and the cultural history of the doll.
A creative perspective on neuroscience and emotions will also be open for the public to interpret.
Discuss the science incorporated into innovative apps such as Clue, ARYA, and Participatient
Musa Okwonga reciting some of his works, including a selection of texts, which have been nominated by STATE participants as their most inspirational pieces on the complex nature of emotion.
Ivor Diosi, Jacques-André Dupont & Clément Destephen, Rose-Lynn Fisher, Susanna Hertrich, Jonathon Keats, Barbara Nordhjem & Jan Klug, Lauren McCarthy & Kyle McDonald, Tillmann Ohm, Margherita Pevere, Ruben van de Ven
Friday & Saturday
10:00 – 20:00
We Know How You Feel is an artwork with two parts, looking at computational emotion classification and categorisation; with Emotion Hero the artist developed an Android game that encourages one to investigate how face and feelings are represented by the software.
MIM is a choreographic project exploring the “affective touch hypothesis”, using inter-personal touch as form of expression.