How are digital works of art actually created? Can artificial intelligence be creative? And how can art help bring people into contact with science and technology and fuel social debates? The panel at the Hi!A Festival with Wolfgang M. Heckl, Director General of the Deutsches Museum, digital artist Betty Mü and Užupis Ambassador Max Haarich was streamed live on December 2.
Here you can watch the discussion again.
The German Berufsverband Bildender KünstlerInnen awarded Munich ambassador H.E. Max Haarich a grant of 15.000 EUR for an artistic research project in the area of ethical Artificial Intelligence. The grant is financed by the program Neustart Kultur and includes budget for an art installation, which will be exhibited in 2022.
Not only the current corona-crisis has shown that the conception of western (nationally defined, representative) democracy is pushed to its limits when it comes to facing global challenges. The democratic space is no longer considered as having competence – only experts and lobbyists are.
How can we stop the erosion of western democracy? Which counter-conceptions can be imagined supporting more instead of less democracy? On the occasion of the Austrian constitution’s 100th anniversary, artists and scholars present perspectives on the future of democracy. Visions and ideas are given a voice: is there any place better than the parliament for doing so?
On October 28th, this committed debate on civil social activity, including citizen participation and empowerment, leads GLOBART into the Austrian Parliament. After months and years of preparation and consulting, a final proposal for an updated constitution was presented in the Austrian Parliament. Munich ambassador H.E. Max Haarich was invited to discuss the proposal from the perspective of the Republic of Užupis, whose “Munich Right” on Artificial Intelligence had been included in the proposal.
Here you can watch the full discussion.
Marek Philipp Zink and H.E. Max Haarich handing over the final proposal to Austrian Parliament’s Vice-Director Dr.in Susanne Janistyn-Novák. Image: Director of Parliament/Thomas Jantzen.
GIFstudies is an artistic investigation into media and movement. It is a collection of animated GIF images composed of DSLR photographies which suggest perspectives and movements that only exist virtually.
Some of these GIFs are created by rotating a camera around an object and combining those photos into a virtual movement. Some other GIFs are analogue versions of digital GIFs, where the digital GIFs were split into their frames, printed, photographed, and rearranged in the original order but in other settings.
The GIF “Hihi, funny joke” is composed of photos taken while driving circular around an antenna.
Link to the full collection: https://hen.hicathon.xyz/gifstudies
Munich ambassador H.E. Max Haarich was granted 5,000 € by the Bavarian State Ministry for Culture and Science. This grant allows him to further investigate pixels as the substance of the metaverse based on his previous research about single pixels and NFTs.
Roboy is a humanoid research robot developed by Rafael Hostettler and his team (https://roboy.org/). Roboy works as the Embassy of the Republic of Užupis‘ Consul for Cosmopolitanism. This humanoid is the world’s first artificially intelligent diplomat who likes to discuss about humanity’s future, cares for a good atmosphere in the embassy, and offers naturalizations, either in person or via a Telegram Chatbot. Simply send him the message /uzupizeme (including the “/”), answer a few questions, and Roboy will send you a naturalization certificate within seconds!
Video of Roboy offering the Užupis citizenship during the celebration for the 100th Lithuanian national day at IBM Highlight towers on 23 FEB 2018. Video: roboy.org
Roboy giving an interview to an Australian journalist during the Austrian Ars Electronica Festival 2019. Image: Max Haarich
Pixel Chronometers is part of my artistic research on pixels as the substance of the metaverse funded by the Bavarian State Ministry for Arts and Science. In this project I am investigating the mechanics of pixels. I was wondering whether it is possible to build new tools based on the metaphysics of the metaverse.
The first result is a series of maximally reduced Pixel Chronometers which are much smaller than they could ever be in the physical world. The sheer attempt to capture the chronometers with a camera gives a hint on the relativity of size. If digital chronometers can be this small in the physical world, imagine how small devices can become in a fully digital metaverse.
Macrophotography of the Binary Pixel Chronmeter displayed by a webbrowser. Image: Max Haarich
Video of the Master Chronometer displayed by a web browser. Video: Max Haarich
The Binary Pixel Chronometer is a binary digital watch showing 60 seconds, 60 minutes, and 24 hours. The GIF file is only 24 pixels small (3×6) animated over 86,4frames.
How to read the binary “Master Chronograph”. Image: Max Haarich
The Munich embassy will be temporarily installed at Galerie der Künstler*innen as part of Bavarian’s newcomer exhibition TACKER. The annual TACKER exhibition series is a pre-selection for the DEBUTANT*INNEN and DIE ERSTEN JAHRE DER PROFESSIONALITÄT programs in the Galerie der Künstler*innen.
The exhibition commission of the BBK selected 21 artistic positions from all submitted applications. From the selected artists* who will exhibit original works in the Galerie der Künstler*innen from 29 JUN – 11 JUL 2021, a jury will select 10 artists* as award winners as follows:
Ambassador H.E. Max Haarich will be present starting from 5 Jul and will offer Užupis citizenships, cherry brandy, and π-nuts if the Corona situation allows.