Artist: Piet Schmidt
installation | Mirror, Servomotors, Acrylic parts, Kinect sensor, Computer | 2400x900x900mm | 2018

Machines that behave like living creatures cause an uncanny feeling. Our mind realizes that we are dealing with an inevitably lifeless machine. Our intuitive perception on the other hand perceives a lifelike creature close to us and a social relationship forms. The machine observes its surroundings. If it senses someone, its attention focuses on the person. When a stranger approaches, it fearfully retracts. If the person moves away again, it follows curiously. After a short time it gets used to visitors and begins to play with them, holding the mirror up to them from different perspectives. Should we trust our intuitive perception? Does the border between man and ma- chine fade away? Piet Schmidt is interested in how humans build connections and are related to machines. Certain behaviors and appearances seem to trigger humans to interpret intentions or even emotions into inanimate objects. He wants to create an encounter between people and a machine. An encounter evoking an uncanny feeling, that will let you being torn between treating it like a machine or a living being. In this encounter we will experience the more and more indistinct distinction between us and the machines we create. It leaves us confused of our intuitive perception that is trained to distinguish animate from inanimate. The machine has no face, its just a machine. Instead anything it watches becomes its face. During the encounter you will become its face, watching yourself watching the machine.


FREE PANORAMA - 2019 Shenzhen New Media Art Festival | 2019.04.20 - 2019.06.16 | Pingshan Cultural Center Exhibition Gallery(Shen zhen, China)