“Mittler zwischen Hirn und Händen muss das Herz sein.”
“The Mediator between the brain and the hands must be the heart.”
- Fritz Lang, Metropolis
My work is characterised by a curiosity in the processes that have guided human creation and an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and communicating contemporary issues.
Humans, throughout history have striven to reduce the need to suffer and work for survival, by using tools to adapt nature and its resources to their needs. This stands in stark contrast to natural systems:
While we are trying to adapt the environment to our species, nature adapts its species to their environment.
Now, as we know, this is why we had a significant impact on the planet in the long term.
But we also developed a new tool to understand and interact with the world: The computer.
Previously, the only way we could make use of nature’s solutions was by analysing and reverse-engineering them individually.
AI, the newest form of computer technology, works the opposite way, it uses evolutionary principles (millions of iterations of trial and error) and offers solutions to problems without knowing about their context. It doesn't have a consciousness and can therefore not reverse engineer, can find and create patterns, but can not understand meaning.
In a future of human-computer collaboration, we therefore have to gain a holistic and intuitive understanding of the world and need to be able to take (ethical) decisions - remember what makes us human, which is not only our ability to find patterns and think mathematically.
Open source, DIY and multidisciplinarity can help to educate the next generation of creatives in this manner.
I want to embrace these developments and appeal to the full spectrum of our senses through my work, recognizing that humans are information gatherers and there is more to the world than visual overload.
The goal is to contribute to the invention of the next "new tool" or "new valuesystem", which will make us understand the environment in a new way, rather than to invent the next "new object".
The problem is not the fact that we like to create (human creativity is worth preserving) but just HOW and WHY we create.
But will this ultimately allow a "pluralism without sacrifice" (Paola Antonelli)?
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