The SpeculativeAI series consists of two aesthetic experiments. Their goal is to make the processes of artificial neural networks perceptible to humans through audiovisual translation. The work Exp. #2 (conversation) questions an AI’s capacity for empathy and purpose while communicating with a second AI. Both systems are embodied by a light or sound object and can receive the messages of the other. The light object can hear and create images. The sound object can see and play sounds.

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Since the inception of the art+science programme, the focal point of each exhibition has been reserved for the winning artworks of the national art+science selection. These works have been developed under the CPN’s guidance and produced with the support of European projects in which CPN participates. The starting point of the process are the applications of artists from Serbia submitted for global calls of given projects. From around 60 applications from Serbia have been submitted so far, 7 original concepts that have been selected and realised through this selection.

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(Multi)facing anxiety

Project raises awareness and helps destigmatize anxiety disorders. The exploration of anxiety evolves through an interactive audio-visual installation, with audio testimonies of people who have once felt it strongly. While listening to the statements, visitors are in the mirror-circled room, an illusory infinite space, surrounded by the multiplied lights reflecting the differences in brain waves in a relaxed and aroused anxious state. They are asked to place a GSR device on their index finger in order to generate and record signals based on their emotional response to the story and the environment. The GSR responses are compared in order to explore how the experiences of anxiety influence the visitors and whether they respond to the same stimuli in a similar way.

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Sacrifices for the greater good

Ever since the beginning of time, the deep emotional bonds have been inevitably created between humans and animals whenever they interact, and the relationship between scientists and laboratory animals is no exception. “Sacrifices for the greater good” is the sincerest symbiosis of science and art, which is precisely why it can attempt to evoke the difficult and moving symbiosis that arises between scientists and laboratory animals. We want to show you this relationship in its barest form, with the utmost respect for the animals, that have indebted us so much.

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Remember me b

“... Remember me by…” represents an interactive light installation inspired by the research on the process of dementia. Scientific results point to the possibility that no memory is forever lost, but instead becomes inaccessible due to the loss of connections among the nerve cells. The piece explores the relationship and emotional connection with the personal memories, through an intimate experience created to prompt self-reflection, and ask the question as to how much our identity depends on these memories. The installation itself uses our need to be remembered and become a part of someone’s memories.

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Brain Pictures - Zarko Aleksic

Brain Pictures is a multidisciplinary research project connecting scientific methodologies and knowledge with artistic practice. The core of the project is the assumption that an art work activates the patterns of neural networks through external, internal or both stimuli, while the observer plays a crucial role with a set of ontological, epistemological, sociological, political and economic implications.

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I sit and worry about her Jasna Jovicevic

 “I sit and worry about her” is a musical improvisation experiment that explores an authentic artistic expression through neuroscience, technology and social engagement. The working concept resembles an incessant and endless parental worry, presented auto-ethnographically through the sonification of brain waves, a constant improvised caring song. During this collaborative event, 4 mothers are subjected to the immediate brain wave analysis through the EEG monitoring.

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Can you picture a perfect scenery? Can you create in your mind a beautiful, idyllic landscape where an infinite intensely green field merges with the swaying tree top branches of the surrounding woods, while innumerous animals swirl all around? Maybe you also see a narrow stream meander through. Are there people, or they are missing? And, if they are absent, is it possible to picture and establish this magnificent ambiance without the human brain? Without the organ that has been developing and evolving in our heads for millions of years. Finally, do you know what is necessary for this picture to be created in your mind?

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