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Soul Shift, 2018 


5th International Digital Art Biennial 

Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal 

11.19.2021 - 02.13.2022


Justine Emard (b.1987, France)  is a visual artist. She lives and works in Paris. 

Her artworks explore the new relationships that are being established between our lives and technology. By combining different image medias – from photography to video and virtual reality – she situates her work at the crossroads between robotics, objects, live 3D prints, organic life and artificial intelligence.  In 2017, she is a winner of the residence Hors-les-murs by the Institut Français for her project in Tokyo. 

Her work had been exhibited at the Moscow Biennale of contemporary art, the NRW Forum (Dusseldorf), the National Museum of Singapore, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the institute Itaú Cultural (São Paulo), the Cinémathèque Québécoise (Montréal), the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), the MOT Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin) and the Barbican Center (London). 

In 2020, she will be in residence at ZKM (Karlsruhe) and she is a winner of the national photographic commission  «IMAGE 3.0» by the CNAP (National Center for Visual Arts) and the Jeu de Paume in Paris.

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Video 6’ 

With Alter and Alter 2 (programmed by Ishiguro’s Lab, Osaka University

and Takashi Ikegami, University of Tokyo) 

Justine Emard’s film Soul Shift is the promise of a possible meeting with an earlier version of oneself. ‘Alter’ is a humanoid robot that awakens to the world when someone activates it. Its singularity lies in its movements, which no human has ever experienced before since they are created with extreme precision by an artificial intelligence. Sensors provide information to its neural network based on which it invents gestures within the constraints of its limbs. When Alter discovers its lookalike yet inactive robot, the memory or “spirit” of Alter 1 is transferred to Alter 2, reminding a form of reincarnation, but without flesh. Face to face, the active Alter appears intrigued by the inertia of this other from which he came, to the point of approaching it in a movement of recognition and affection. 

Description by Dominique Moulon, translated from French. 

With the support of the General French Consulate in Québec 

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