Non-human Subjects in Contemporary Art: A Focus on Robotic Art

Activity: Conference/talk/lecture/symposium/speech/workshop, etcEvent organized by non-HKBU units


This conference about radical humanities was held at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), Seoul National University, Korea. It was co-hosted by the Ewha Institute for the Humanities, the Academy of East Asian Studies at Sungkyunkwan University, and the Association of Japanology in East Asia. I had a talk about non-human subjects in contemporary art as one of the six invited speakers.

The presentation examines the implications of non-human subjects in contemporary art, focusing on arts using smart machines, such as AI and robots. Contemporary art has escaped the myth of singular authorship, distributing authority power and embracing various creative subjects. In such a context of author discourse, art using AI or robotics can be understood as a collaboration between non-human and human subjects. This presentation attempts a systematic analysis through examples of robotic art referring to the previous studies on the levels of human participation and human-nonhuman collaboration.

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Period26 May 2023
Event titleRadicalism and Trans-East Asia: Centering upon Life, Labor, and Solidarity
Event typeConference
LocationSeoul, Korea, Republic ofShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational

User-Defined Keywords

  • robotic art
  • human-nonhuman collaboration
  • human-robot collaboration
  • post-human
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • Artificial intelligence (AI)
  • author discourse
  • collaborative art
  • Media art
  • Digital art