No 134 of 211 answers to the question what does it mean to be human in the age of RoBots (Brooklyn, NY), 2019 - Limited Edition of 50 Art Print by David Aston

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Printmaking: C-type on Paper.

The historian in me is obsessed by the concept of diachronic and the way that language and culture has evolved through time. From dia- ‘through’ + Greek khronos ‘time’ + -ic.

I find the current world we live in fascinating. We are sitting on the axis of our material past and the endless possibilities of a virtual and technology-fuelled future. The evolution is organic but some changes stand out more than others as markers of this evolution. 

One such change is the reCAPTCHA, a system designed to establish that a computer user is human and not another computer system before authorising interaction.

The attest you are human series looks for the humorous, profound and ironic at the point in human evolution where we have to confirm our humanity to machines. The series explores the randomness associated with a reverse Turing Test whose method of evaluating humanity is the selection of nine images containing signs, cars, lampposts, shopfronts and bridges.

Visitors to the Brooklyn, New York, Other Art Fair 2018 were given the opportunity to attest their humanity by submitting an online attestation answering ‘what does it mean to be human in the age of RoBots’.

More than 200 visitors participated and shared their often profound thoughts. Their attestations have been incorporated into a specially commissioned art book and a series of commemorative porcelain plates.

The plates include two figures representing humanity (Venus) and robots standing either side of the tree of life. The figures and motifs are taken from historical western and Chinese, Han, Ming and Ching dynasty cultures. Together they symbolise a modern day Adam and Eve and mark a point where humanity meets artificial intelligence, past meets the present and future, and globalisation as east converges with west.

Also available as a set of 9 bone china plates (see image 2).


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No 134 of 211 answers to the question what does it mean to be human in the age of RoBots (Brooklyn, NY), 2019 - Limited Edition of 50

David Aston

United Kingdom

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Size: 19.8 W x 19.8 H x 0.1 in

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