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Humans / Machines

Myths of creation, original stories, cosmogony, etc. These are complicated terms to say that, since the beginning of time, Man has sought to unravel the mystery of his origins; And in parallel, has attempted his chance at the game of creation. With walking sticks and then clocks, add a few hundred years and litres of coffee later, robots.


For its opening, the pop-up Pavillon is putting in all its effort and offering you the Humans / Machines exhibition combining Arts, Sciences, and Technologies on the paths of digital creation.

Along this adventurous journey, you will meet a robot singing prayers, another writing punishment lines on his little school bench, a swing perched under the stars, or the mural fresco created right before your eyes by a robot on wheels. 

Senseless Drawing Bot © So Kanno and Takahiro Yamaguchi
01 slide The prayer @ Diemut Strebe

Welcome to the Valley of the strange

What differentiates a man from a robot? Will we always be different? The theory of the Uncanny Valley by the Japanese engineer Mori Masahiro speaks to us about this complex relationship between Man and Machine. It assumes that the more similar a robot is to a human being, the more monstrous its imperfections seem to us because the robot becomes a mirror of our excessiveness.

Today, artificial intelligence is capable of making us believe things as big as the Himalayas; for example, that Trump, Merkel, and Obama are singing Imagine by John Lennon together. And yet, this same artificial intelligence is not sheltered from errors. For example, to confuse a chat session with a human. Because after all, how does artificial intelligence become intelligent? As Shakespeare would say, that is the question.


Worldwide creations 

In terms of creation, Belgium doesn't have much to envy from the rest of the world. In the Humans / Machines exhibition, one can also discover world firsts from the fertile brains of home-grown artists. 

Notably, the “Pickled Punks” robots by the choreographer Ugo Dehaes, ready to be born in their little jar of formaldehyde. Or else, "Margaret” by Mathieu Zurstrassen, a robotic plant who designs her own artificial companion - César 18 - to fool her own loneliness.