Jennifer Kanary Nikolova: Part (I)

Describe yourself: Who you are and what you're doing?
I am an installation artist / artistic researcher. My interest is in art as a form of creative knowledge production in collaboration with scientific and technological advancement. I am currently doing an artistic research PhD with Planetary Collegium of Plymouth University, M-Node. My research involves the study of psychosis simulators that have been developed in a scientific context. By the creation of artistic case studies I search for ways to improve these developments by focussing on the understanding of the subjective experience of psychosis and by developing a tool of empathy, a prostheses for our imagination with my own case study the Labyrinth Psychotica which is an interactive cinematic augmented reality experience. The research may be found on Labyrinth Psychotica and on facebook. Please see the Labyrinth Psychotica Youtube channel for the results of our experiments.

How did your interest in robots / robotics start?
When I was a toddler I did not have a comfort blanket, I had the book Pinocchio and I took it to bed every night. Pinocchio was made of wood, but he wanted to become a 'real boy'. I guess that started my interest in what reality is and what is simulated and the magical essence that makes it all happen. Later I had the audio record of Walt Disney's 'The Black Hole' (1979) in which human robot interaction was dynamic. I remember being very sad about one of the robots dying at the end. I also loved the playful interactions of R2D2 and C3PO in Star Wars.


Since 1998 my art practice has been about the physics of thoughts. How are thoughts born? What do they look like when they are unborn? I entered into research on psychosis primarily because it also know as a thought disorder or reality disorder. If a thought is 'broken' what does it look like? I like to work with thoughtless processes such as doodles or automatic writing. One of the things that came from automatic writing in 2004, was the sentence 'I have this crazy notion that one day my work will inspire the one that gives emotion to artificial intelligence'. I thought about how this is a very nice goal to have in life, without knowing who it will be and or if the inspiration happens directly.

To be continued...

[image source: Thomas Lenden]
[source: Vive Les Robots!]

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Jennifer Kanary Nikolova

Jennifer Kanary Nikolova is an installation artist / artistic researcher. Her interest is in art as a form of creative knowledge production in collaboration with scientific and technological advancement. She is currently doing an artistic research PhD with Planetary Collegium of Plymouth University, M-Node.

During her research she has created some case studies: This work 'Intruder 2.0' is case study 3, which is from 2008. It has been exhibited at the Museum Het Dolhuys, in Haarlem, The Netherlands.

 

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