Envisioning Machines with Irem Buğdaycı
In this Circuit, we learn about the artistic practice of our very own Experiential Designer, Irem Buğdaycı. Irem will share the process and progress of her work revolving around topics of intelligence, robotics and animacy. What can machines tell us about how we perceive intelligence? From her experience and approach in designing robotic agents, Irem’s practice invites speculation on our positions in relation to machines, as observers, inventors, interpreters, and more. How might we envision robots beyond sci-fi imagination? Can we rethink our definition of intelligence?
About the Artist
Irem Bugdayci is an artist and researcher practicing at the intersection of machine poetics and perceptual environments/experiences. Prototyping robotic creatures and combining them with visual technologies such as eye tracking, her experiments explore human-machine entanglement. Devising emotional and affective encounters with robots her works aim to reveal the dazzling spectrum of cognitive capacities and intricacies of this entanglement. Her recent works have been exhibited at the Barbican Centre, Ars Electronica, and Istanbul Airport among other places. She completed her masters at the Interactive Architecture Lab, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL in 2018, and holds her bachelor degree in Art History and Architecture from Tufts University.
Image credits: Anne-Heloise Dautel, Robert Wuss, Irem Bugdayci at IALAB