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Karsten-James Krejcarek
In Krejcarek's installation, Untitled (psychologist), visitors are invited to take part in a one-on-one psychotherapy session with a four-foot diameter rock. Lie down on a pristine white chaise-longue, place your hand on a biofeedback device, and let the rock ask the questions.
Untitled (psychologist), Project Space 2, Installation View
Roll Weiland

A person moving close to the sculpture produces an individual sound pattern. The sound pattern is an audible reflection of the person and its movements. Sensors attached to the sculptures give every person approaching a personal sonorous atmosphere.

Technical Realization: The sensors are light dependent resistors “LDR”(sensitive to light), inserted into the wood. They react to light and shadow the viewers induces by his movements. The changes in voltage of the LDR are transmitted to a computer and then to the sound modules.

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Amy Youngs

Inspired by the creation of transgenic tobacco plants that glow with the genes of fireflies, I endowed this cactus with a pulsating glow. It is a speculation as to what might be possible in the new plant species in the future. Beyond the creation of visual aesthetics or economically engineered species, I imagine a plant that responds to humans and conveys emotions in ways understandable by us. This cactus is engineered to elicit empathy from humans, presumably so that we will be compelled to take care of it. Its signal to us is a pulsating, glowing heartbeat that speeds up as a person comes near it. If the cactus is touched, its pulsing behaviour changes to a frenetic flashing.
Microprocessor and proximity sensor from the Quantum Research Group

Engineered for Empathy 1999
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Ken Rinaldo

This piece has dual sound circuitry which creates complex mixed sounds. By petting the fur on the front of the cone the piece is activated and the tones change from low to high cooing.

Cyber Squeeks
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Ken Feingold

"Sinking Feeling" is a single head, quite convinced of its own existence, but desperate to know "Why donít I have a body like everyone else?" or "How did I get here, what am I doing here?" The "cognition" of this figure is made visible in a projection - the ones who speak with it literally see both their own words as they are heard by this figure, and in the formulation of a reply, something of the headís "thought process". That he is growing out of flowerpot also points to questions about biological engineering and human parts as cash crops.

"Feingold chooses to explore the zones of non-response, of mischief and misbehaviour, or distortion, of scrambled and failed communication. [It] makes us question the basis of everyday dialogue we tend to take for granted: how far is our exchange with others conditioned and limited by our own, thoroughly encoded eccentricities, our own programmed bugs and quirks? When indeed true communication occurs, how much is this just a matter of chance?" - Vida 3.0

Sinking Feeling - 2001  
Magali Desbazeille

A video image is projected on a table covered with sand. The projected image becomes a material image, thick and palpable. The image presents dancers lying on the wooden floor of the same place. The filmed dancers were there at a previous moment. During the performance, the live dancers manipulate their images and bodies.

Sand Table - 2000  
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