Das Fremde | Das Fremde @ Yamagata Biennale
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Das Fremde @ Yamagata Biennale

Das Fremde will digitally participate to Yamagata Biennale on Saturday 19 September from 16.00 to 20.00 (Japan Standard Time) over a zoom meeting.

Access: free of charge

Audience can access the on-line exhibition using Zoom to communicate with the agents using the links below.

To interact with the agents, camera and microphone need to be on: you will be seen and heard by the agents and the audience alike. If you are uncomfortable with that, please let us know and we will keep you on the sideline.


Installation • 16:00 ~ 20:00 (JST)

Click to visit the installation (16:00~20:00 JST)

When joining the installation, you will first be attending as observers. We will do our best to allow all participants to interact with the agents by allotting you time-slots to do so; please note that will require you to open your video and audio to the robots and to the whole audience.

In the installation, you can see the agents interact with the audience and interact with them yourself.

Artists’ Talk • 18:00 ~ 19:00 (JST)

Click to attend the Artist's Talk (18:00~19:00 JST)

There will be an artists’ talk from 18.00 to 19.00 (Japan Standard Time). This talk will start with a presentation and will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Das Fremde

Das Fremde is a tribe of artificially intelligent robots who invent their own language and culture in real-time. The development of this micro-culture is influenced by their interaction with the environment and, in particular, the visitors of the installation.

The installation focusses on the construction of cultural identity by creating an experience of encounter with a radically foreign culture—but one that is a human creation in itself.

Das Fremde questions our interaction with machines in the age of artificial intelligence and gives robots and humans a chance to share time and space for a moment of reflection and poetry.

Can we have empathy with these beings?

How does the robot culture react to the human intruders?

Is this artificial culture really different from ours?

 What is our relationship with machines and—maybe more importantly and often omitted—what is their relationship with us?

Das Fremde reflects the most advanced discussions about artificial intelligence and cultural identity currently raging in society and the scientific community. It contributes to these discussions with an artistic approach that reveals the processes involved in the construction of cultural identity in machines and humans.

In the past, Das Fremde robots have been in physical spaces with carefully crafted environments and physical human-robot interaction. At Yamagata Biennale, the installation will be transferred into digital space. Visitors can interact with groups of robots via ZOOM conference system. This will create a completely new experience for robots and visitors alike.