[ISEA2017] Artists Talk: Anatol Bologan & Jinsil Hwaryoung — What is the human? Imagining the self as post-human

Artists Statement

This project consists of a series of three primary media sculptures that progressively remove the human form and replace it with technology. The organic human forms have no active functionality and are juxtaposed with manufactured technological components that provide the interactive aspect of the artwork. The facial molds resemble “death masks” that can be found in art museums and anthropological collections, but are made ‘alive’ with recycled technology. The intention of the artist here is to evoke exploration, captivation and fantasy from the viewer as  he or she explores these interactive sculptures. The artwork questions as well as highlights the importance of technology as part of our contemporary culture and consciousness and intends to engage in the discourse of human versus cyborg, technicism versus humanism. At the conference attendees will be able to assemble their own cyborg heads based on their  narratives using electronic parts and take photos with them. Additional “cyborg components” will be provided by the artists as the parts of Post-Human Prototype 04 and present a variety of technical and visual options to be explored by the participants.

  • Anatol Bologan, Lecturer, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA. Anatol Bologan is an artist working in both traditional and digital mediums. His classical training in fine art began at the age of eleven and continued in the Russian Academy of Arts in Sankt-Petersburg and the National University of the Arts in Bucharest where he completed a Bachelors of Fine Arts. After years working in the media industry, he continued his studies at the University of London, Goldsmiths College, completing a Masters of Arts in Image and Communications with a focus on Media Theory, Philosophy and Digital Art. Currently Anatol lectures on traditional and digital arts, graphic and interactive design in the Department of Visualization, College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. His research and recent artwork explores the philosophical concepts of posthuman embodiment with a focus on neuroaesthetics and neuroethics. The current series explores these topics through paintings, sculptures and installations. viz.arch.tamu.edu
  • Jinsil Hwaryoung Seo, Interactive Artist/Designer/Researcher. Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA