Video installation, 2017


Justine Emard (FR)

This artwork is led as an experience, creating an artistic interface between data and human motion. The actor interacts, face to face, with a robot, animated by a form of primitive intelligence based on a neuronal system – an artificial life system programmed by Ikegami Lab (Tokyo University). The AI embodies a different way of understanding things, non-anthropomorphic, essentially by making decisions.

This work focuses on the unstructured communication between the two entities. They interact through signals, body and spoken language with their different intelligences. Using a deep learning system, the robot can learn from its experience with Mirai Moriyama, a Japanese actor and dancer. The humanoid incarnation of the AI had been created by Ishiguro Lab (Osaka University). Its basic appearance enables emotional projection and opens a space for imagination.

Existence presumes being in reality and/or being alive. Through experience, the human and the robot try to define new perspectives of coexistence in the world.

Video installation, 12’, 2017

With Mirai Moriyama & Alter, developed by Ishiguro lab, Osaka University and Ikegami Lab, Tokyo University

Justine Emard

Justine Emard’s artworks explore the new relationships that are being established between our lives and technologies. By combining different image medias – from photography to video and virtual reality – she places her work at the intersection between neuroscience, objects, organic life, and artificial intelligence.

In 2020, Justine Emard was a winner of the national photographic commission IMAGE 3.0 by the CNAP (National Centre for Visual Arts) and the Jeu de Paume in Paris. In 2021/22, she was a guest artist-professor at Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains. In 2022, she was in residence at the Cnes (Centre national d’études spatiales).

Her work has been exhibited at the Moscow Biennale of contemporary art and in museums, among which the National Museum of Singapore, the MOT Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, the Barbican Center (London), the Fondation Pernod Ricard (Paris), and the World Museum (Liverpool).

© Quentin Chevrier
© Quentin Chevrier