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Coralie Vogelaar @ HEK Basel: Real Feelings
  • © Coralie Vogelaar

Event/opening: Wed, 26.08.2020, 19:00
Duration: 27.08. – 15.11.2020

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.