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Co(AI)xistence (2017)

ICRA 2019: Robots and Art Program

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation 

May 20-24, 2019 Montreal, Canada

International Digital Art Festival

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


Opening: June 13 - 6 p.m.


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.

Video installation, 12’

with Mirai Moriyama and Alter

(developed by Ishiguro lab, Osaka University and Ikegami Lab, Tokyo University)


Justine Emard (born in 1987) is a visual artist, based in Paris, France.

She creates displays to explore the relations between our existences and technologies. Through different types of interactions, she explores a crossing between robotics, objects, artificial intelligence and life, based on deep learning experiences and human-machine dialogues. Her practice revolves around video, installation, photography and augmented reality.

Since 2011, she shows her work in France and abroad into individual and group exhibitions.

She had been in residence in the Cité internationale des arts in Paris (2015-2016) and in 2017, she is laureate of the residency Hors-les-murs of the Institut Français and Tokyo Wonder Site in Tokyo, for her project Reborn in Japan.
She participates to "Clouds ⇄ Forests", the 7th International Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, curated by Yuko Hasegawa and Nuit Blanche Kyoto with the show "Mitate & imagination".
In 2018, she performed Parade for the End of the World in collaboration with Jérémie Bélingard and Keiichiro Shibuya for Yokohama Dance Collection 2018, co-produced by the Maison de la culture du Japon in Paris.

Her last exhibitions are "Fukami, une plongée dans l'esthétique japonaise" in Paris, "Pendoran Vinci" au NRW Forum museum in Düsseldorf in Germany, “Des horizons et le depart” at the Maison Populaire, Montreuil, France, "Digimuse" at the National Museum of Singapore, "Roppongi Crossings 2019: Connexions", Mori Art Museum, Tokyo…

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