Amir Bastan • Kinematic Dreams

Interface Cultures Guestlecture Series

09.04.24 | 12:30–14:00 at Interface Cultures Lecture Room, Domgasse 1, Kunstuniversität Linz

Kinematic Dreams is a concept exploring the quality of human-robot interaction, particularly within an artistic framework. The idea is that interactions with robots produce an ‘after effect’ that goes beyond their utilitarian purpose, framing them with characteristics that contribute to identity formation. This phenomenon, termed the ‘Surplus Value,’ uncovers some exciting pathways for examining human-robot relations. While surplus value is generated in various contexts of human-robot interaction, such as in industry or scientific research, it is within the artistic research register that this can be fully acknowledged and expanded upon. This process could elevate our understanding of human-robot relations and can be reintegrated into the broader discussion about human-machine collaboration. 

As a new media artist with a background in fine arts and philosophy, Amir Bastan (*1991) explores the gap between the conscious and the unconscious. He realises his works by designing narratives through real-time processes.

“The Human Robot Transference” is the centrepiece of his current research, drawing parallels between psychoanalysis theories and human-robot interaction within the context of new media arts. Alongside his artistic practice, Amir is developing “The Bunraku Project”, a software utilised for real-time control, visualisation and simulation of industrial robots. Amir is based in Linz/AT, where he is pursuing his PhD and is currently a researcher at Creative Robotics and a lecturer at the Kunstuni Linz.

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