Coralie Vogelaar, A research on emotion recognition software, 2018, Courtesy the artist

Opening: Real Feelings

From 19:00, the curators of the exhibition, Sabine Himmelsbach, Ariane Koek and Angelique will give the audience an introduction to the group exhibition "Real Feelings".


Wed, 26.08.2020, 19:00

Duration: 27.08. - 15.11.2020

Stine Deja & Marie Munk, Synthetic Seduction, 2018, installation view: Annka Kultys Gallery, London, 2018, Photo by Damien Griffiths

In the 21st century, emotions have increasingly come into focus – how they can be manipulated and controlled by technology, because they influence our society and our lives. Today major technology companies try to manipulate the way we behave by triggering our emotions everyday through smart phones, laptops and personal devices. Researchers at the MIT media lab have developed a machine learning system that ‘reads’ facial expres­sions to determine human emotions. At the same time, young children are being trained to recognise emotions in other human beings – because their ability to do so is failing in the digital age. The barriers between human and machine, emotion and technology seem to be breaking down.

Works by 20 artists are presented in the show, ranging from interactive installations to artificial intelligence, animations, video installations and photography. They explore how technology today represents, manipulates and changes our emotions. Several works will be newly produced in the context of the exhibition. 

Starting at 7 pm, the curators Sabine Himmelsbach, Ariane Koek and Angelique Spaninks will introduce the exhibition. After the speeches, we cordially invite all visitors to visit the new exhibition and have an aperitif in the bistro of HeK.

Artists: Antoine Catala (FR), Stine Deja & Marie Munk (DK), Heather Dewey-Hagborg (US), Justine Emard (FR), Cécile B. Evans (UK), Ed Fornieles (UK), Maria Guta & Adrian Ganea (CH/RO), Esther Hunziker (CH), Seokyung Kim (KR), Clément Lambelet (CH), Lorem (IT), Kyle McDonald & Lauren McCarthy (US), Simone C. Niquille (CH), Dani Ploeger (NL), Lucy McRae (AU), Shinseungback Kimyonghun (KR), Maija Tammi (FI), Troika (UK), Coralie Vogelaar (NL), Liam Young (AU)

Curators: Sabine Himmelsbach, Ariane Koek und Angelique Spaninks

Opening: Real Feelings


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