CONNECTED - Hello Machine

Focusing on the itinerant pop up artwork by media archeologist Rachel Hanlon called HELLO MACHINE, CONNECTED matches the engaging and inspiring installation with a series of artscience workshops gravitating around the interactions and communication between humans to humans and humans to machines. The old fashioned landline telephone rings from time to time...if you answer the call you will talk to someone from another HELLO MACHINE in the world!

The two telephones will be located at multiple sites: Ca' Foscari CFZ - Cultural Flow Zone, the Ca' Foscari scientific campus the new M9 museum, Fondazione Querini Stampalia and La Biennale di Venezia (during the Carnival).

Telephones by Rachel Hanlon are located in Australia, USA, Japan, Ireland and Austria. The artwork is currently hosted also by Science Gallery Dublin's INTIMACY

CONNECTED will open on Jan. 17 and close on April 7
Hello…? Can you talk to me…? When technologies reach obsolescence, our relationship with them changes, but what never changes is our need to reach out to others, connect and share. But what if no one is on the other end of the line? Who is there to hear us? AI has made sure there always is! A ‘speech race’ is upon us, first we had interactive voice response systems, now with natural language interface systems we have our new ‘weavers of speech’, these modern day ‘voices with a smile’ are changing the way we communicate with our phones. Siri, Alexa, BibxyCortana and Google Assistant (shall we call her GAbby?) are all vying for your attention, but what will our budding relationships to these Boy/Girl Fridays blossom into? Hello Machine - Hello Human, touches on the playful moments that are shared between man and machine, and seeks to connect with you by inverting this relationship, by asking what can you do for her.

Hello Machines are situated across the globe in ever changing locations and time zones, picking up the receiver rings the other Hello Machines, creating space for spontaneous voice visiting. They provide a way in which the viewer can interact with re-animated technically obsolete telephone systems, utilising present day advancements in telephony. Their aim is to open up a dialogue between the technologies original ideas and meanings, and what makes up the 'thingness' these devices now possess, by unraveling its historical and societal content that contains traces of our identity.


12th Febrary | 5.00 pm
Communication Games in the Connected Age
with Francesca Franco & Stefano Coletto
Palazzetto Tito - Dorsoduro, 2826

Today, it is hard to imagine the world before the internet. This is as true in art as in the everyday use of modern technologies. This workshop is concerned with art & technology, and how connectivity and communication played a key role in pioneering artworks exploring human communication and the concept of conversation prior the invention of social computing. How relevant such pioneering works are today? How did such works evolve with the advent of the World Wide Web? What is the relevance of art & technology today and how can it help in understanding the social impact art has in our connected society?

22nd March 2019, | 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Talking to a stranger: Augmented portraits
from the Hello Machine with Fabio Pittarello
Aula Magna G. Cazzavillan,
S. Giobbe Economic Campus, Fondamenta S. Giobbe, 873

How do you experience talking to a stranger through the Hello Machine by Rachel Hanlon? Since its beginnings the phone enables us to connect to others and it has been developed and augmented ever since. How is the connection to others through a technology perceived? Using upcoming technologies like Augmented Reality new opportunities to capture and share these connections with others - friends and strangers - arise. The workshop will bring together students from different backgrounds to develop a project based on portraits of conversations with strangers at the Hello Machine to envision a new way to experience these conversations.

28th March 2019 | 4.00 pm
Robots playing language games: An experiment in art and science with Luc Steels
Venice International University, Isola di San Servolo​

This workshop has two interwoven themes. The first theme is collaboration and interaction between art and science. How does it work? What can both parties contribute and receive? Can media art and interactive installations play an important role? To answer these questions Luc Steels will use a case study from an artistic work 'Look into the Box' he developed with artist Olafur Eliasson for an exhibition at the Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris. The second theme is language, more specifically the origins of language. How can we understand the processes that underlie the emergence of new words, grammatical structures, and the meanings they express? Using the same case study Luc Steels will show that we can now create experiments with artificial agents (robots) that are able to self-organise language for talking about the color of the eyes of exhibition viewers. This requires understanding the cognitive mechanisms that underlie color vision, perception, categorisation, and description, and the ability of complex systems to exhibit emergent phenomena.

CONNECTED is supported by DVRI - District of Venetian Research and Innovation.
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Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 09:00 to Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 16:00
Itinerant artwork and related sciart workshops