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Louis-Philippe Demers and Bill Vorn are the classics of technological art who have been working in this field for more than twenty years. At the Polytech Festival, they are going to present their new joint project — the robotized performance "Inferno", that has received many awards in the field of contemporary art, one of which is the honorable mention at Prix Ars Electronica 2016.
At the lecture, Demers and Vorn will talk about their artistic methods as well as about their mutual and individual projects: “The goal of our artistic work is to induce empathy from the viewers towards characters that are nothing else than simple articulated metal structures. Our objective is to conceive and realize large-scale robotic environments that aim to question, reformulate and denature the notions of behavior, projection and empathy that generally characterize interactions between humans and machines. We aim to create original artistic projects by appropriating various engineering and scientific concepts and techniques in order to subvert them from their intended purpose”.
Louis-Philippe Demers (CA) makes large-scale installations and performances and has built more than 375 machines over the past two decades. His projects can be found in theater, opera, subway stations, art museums, science museums, music events and trade shows. Demers’ works have been primed at Ars Electronica, VIDA, Japan Media Arts Festival, Lightforms and at the Helpmann Awards. Demers was Professor of Digital Media and Exhibit Design at the Hochschule fuer Gestaltung, the academic institution affiliated to ZKM (Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie) in Karlsruhe. Currently Demers is Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Demers holds a PhD on machine performance from Plymouth University.
Based in Montreal, Bill Vorn (CA) has been creating Robotic Art projects for more than twenty years. His practice involves robotics and motion control, sound/noise, lighting, video, and cybernetic processes. He holds a PhD degree in Communication Studies from UQAM (Montreal, 2001) and teaches Electronic Arts, since 1999, in the Department of Studio Arts at Concordia University where he is Full Professor. His work has been presented at many international events, including Ars Electronica, ISEA, DEAF, Sonar, the Havana Biennale, the Exit and Via festivals, the Athens Video Art Festival, and Wood Street Galleries.