FELT project - FuturEs of Living Technologies
The Faculty of Technology, Art and Design at OsloMet is a unique environment, with strong collaborations across technology, art and design.
There is enormous interest in this renewed convergence of art and technology around the globe, with new institutions founded, public initiatives functioning increasingly professionally, a plethora of projects, events, and a considerable number of publications. The picture is one of a booming field.
The FELT project - Futures of Living Technologies - engages in the interrelations and intersections that occur between human beings, living environments and machines, relations on the edge of how we experience aliveness today. This might evoke a sense of the uncanny and a fear of being dominated by the machine, but also reveals a world of possibilities of becoming, creation of new forms and behaviors.
- Could we develop aliveness and create a more balanced existence?
- Can we enhance our senses and communication to become beings that are more adapt at co-existence?
The core of FeLT is to investigate such ambiguous questions.
This research studies functions of living systems such as intelligence, evolution, reasoning and learning and provides a framework of state-of-the-art scientific research that is made available to artists. This is not just to illustrate technology, but to work with it as an artistic material that is not primarily representational, but discursive and performative. We aim at merging artistic strategies from bioart and techno-ecologies with contemporary perspectives on sensory experience and materiality in artistic production and research. Bioart explores the principles of phenomena associated with living systems. The blending of computer technology and robotics with biology is moving into the realm of constructing synthetic organisms and biological programming. Artistic responses vary from dystopian visions of total control too playful sci-fi utopian visions.
The FELT project is hosted by the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design at OsloMet, as multi-disciplinary collaboration involving:
- Applied Artificial Intelligence research group, Department of Computer Science;
- Art in Society research group, Department of Art, Design and Drama;
- Design, Culture and Sustainability research group, Department of Product Design.
Congrats! The FELT project received funding as part of the EU Creative Europe project "Green Revisited: Encountering Emerging Naturecultures"
The project is led by RIXC (Riga) and includes OsloMet (Oslo), Liepaja University (Liepaja), Biofilia Aalto (Helsinki), Emmerport (Bourges), Project Atol (Ljubjana), and Baltan (Eindoven). The project will organize workshops and residencies, exhibitions and conferences, publications and research, network building.
Swarm Robotics Art presented at ALIFE 2019 conference in Newcastle, https://2019.alife.org/
Haakon Haraldsen Roen, Vako Varankian and Stefano Nichele presented Gathering of the Hive: Investigating the Clustering Behaviour of Honeybees Through Art and Swarm Robotics at the Artificial Life conference.
A video can be seen here:
Gathering of the Hive presented at UN/GREEN conference in Art & Science Festival, Riga http://festival2019.rixc.org/
On the 5th of July , Haakon Haraldsen Roen and Vako Varankian presented Gathering of the Hive: Investigating the Clustering Behaviour of Honeybees Through Art and Swarm Robotics. This collaboration is also part of Haakon's master thesis , advisors were Boel, Stefano and Kristin.
A pre-project can be seen here:
FeLT presentation in POM- Politics of the Machine in Beirut https://pombeirut.com/
On the 14th of June, Kristin Bergaust presented the FELT project to colleagues from around the world in a conference that was very relevant to our future plans and provided both learning, inspiration and new contacts.
FELT kickoff meeting
On Tuesday 30th April the FELT project group has invited colleagues and friends to the kickoff meeting with presentation by Kristin Bergaust, Stefano Nichele, and guest Maria Castellanos. Maria (http://mariacastellanos.net) is a Spanish artist and researcher with PhD in fine arts from University of Vigo. Her research focus is on technological prosthesis, focusing on hybridizations between cyborgs and wearables as a paradigm of extending human sensorial capabilities.
Presentation at NOBA BioArt Symposium
Kristin Bergaust has presented the FELT project at the NOBA BioArt Symposium - Thinking through matter, organized by the Norwegian BioArt Arena.
(Photo: Zane Cerpina )
Congrats! The FELT group receives an internal OsloMet grant for a new Lighthouse Project
Congratulations to the FELT project group for securing a 1 MNOK internal grant at OsloMet for 2019-20. The multi-disciplinary project will conduct in-depth transdisciplinary research to meet challenges and discover possibilities in the interrelations and intersections that occur between human beings, living environments and machines with an aim to develop innovative results, methods and processes to further education and research for the future.
Project coordinator: Prof. Kristin Bergaust
Renewable Futures 2020 conference will be hosted by OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University
Interview on forskning.no
Artistic research combined with IT methods can be a great way to educate children to robotics and AI. We received a visit from forskning.no and 10-years old Eskil, to show how our multi-disciplinary research methods at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Art con be an engaging educational tool.
Presentation at Kulturtanken for the celebration of the art and science journal Leonardo (50 years)
Abstract: Using an algorithm inspired by the clustering behaviour of young honeybees applied to a small ‘swarm’ of thymio robots, Haakon Haraldsen Roenand Vako Varankian, students from OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University, investigates how these forms of emergent, social mechanisms observed in nature can be be interpreted, adapted and illuminated with strategies at the intersection of art and IT
Congrats! The FELT project receives an internal OsloMet grant for new project proposal
Congratulations to the FELT project group for securing a 100.000 NOK internal grant at OsloMet to prepare an EU project proposal in 2019. The multi-disciplinary project will investigate Living Technologies through Art.
Our OsloMet students Joachim Berg, Gustav Berggren, Arqam Sajid, Ruben Jahren and Sivert Borgeteien are investigating art generated by Artificial Intelligence, in particular evolutionary art. They evolve genotypes of overlapping transparent geometrical shapes of different colors to approximate pictures and paintings with a new artistic style.
Here is the project code (on Github)
Submitted project proposal to NARP
Our group has submitted and ambitious proposal to the Norwegian Artistic Research Program (NARP), entitled Futures of Living Technologies (FELT). Fingers crossed!
Invited Panel - AI & Artistic Research
3rd International Conference on Art, Science, Technologies and Humanities, Latvia.
Demo at TKD-Day
Our students Benjamin, Haakon and Stephanie have presented our projects at TKD Day, the annual celebration of the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design at OsloMet.
Great engagement and interest from the participants.
Pepper for Storytelling
Our student Vako Varankian, in collaboration with Heidi Dahlsveen, has investigated an experimental approach to storytelling with the help of our robot Leonardo (AKA Pepper).
The performance and demo can be seen in the hallway at OsloMet.
Guest Lecture at EST - Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Life Art
Aesthetics meets computer science
In this guest lecture, our OsloMet master students at the Dept. of Art, Design and Drama learn about Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Life, and reflect around such technologies in the context of artistic research.
New research students
We welcome three students from OsloMet in our team:
- Haakon Roen
- Stephanie Hoebeke
- Benjamin Bouquillon