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Soul Shift, 2018 



Hyundai Motorstudio Seoul [KR] 

6.15 - 9.20,  2020 

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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. 


Justine Emard (b. 1987) 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 media – from photography to video and virtual reality – she situates her work at the crossroads of robotic, live 3D prints, organic life and artificial intelligence.  

Since 2011, she has had solo shows in France, South Korea, Japan, Colombia, Sweden and Italy. She has 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 (Reunion island), the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Itaú Cultural institute (São Paulo), the Cinémathèque Québécoise (Montreal), the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin), the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), the Canadian Cultural Center (Paris) and the Barbican Center (London).

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