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Soul Shift (2018)


Justine Emard is a French visual artist. She lives and works in Paris.

Her work explores 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.

Since 2011, she had solo shows in France, South Korea, Japan, Colombia, Sweden and Italy.

She also participated in group shows at the Moscow Biennale of contemporary art, the NRW Forum (Dusseldorf), the National Museum of Singapore, the Cité des Arts (La Réunion island), the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the institute Itaú Cultural (São Paulo), the Cinémathèque Québécoise (Montréal), the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo) and the Barbican Center (London).

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A primitive intelligence interacting with a human.

This artwork is lead as an experience, creating an artistic interface between data and human motion. The actor interacts, face to face, with a robot that is animated by a form of primitive intelligence based on a neuronal system, an artificial life system programmed by Ikegami Lab (Tokyo University). The AI embodies a different way of understanding things, non-anthropomorphic, essentially by making decisions.

This work focuses on the unstructured communication between the two entities. They interact through signals, body and spoken language with their different intelligences. Using a deep learning system, the robot can learn from his experience with Mirai Moriyama, a Japanese actor/dancer. The humanoid incarnation of the AI had been created by Ishiguro Lab (Osaka University). Its minimal appearance enables emotional projection and opens a space for imagination.

Existence presumes being in reality and/or being alive. Through experience, the human and the robot try to define new perspectives of coexistence in the world.

Soul Shift, 2018 

Justine Emard FR 

Video, 6’

With Alter & Alter 2, developed by Ishiguro lab, University of Osaka and Ikegami Lab, University of Tokyo 

© Justine Emard / ADAGP 2019


ICRA 2019: Robots and Art Program - Co(AI)xistence

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation 

May 20-24, 2019 Montreal, Canada

International Digital Art Festival - Co(AI)xistence

June 14 - August 25, 2019, Cinémathèque Québécoise - Montréal, Canada

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