FOREIGN STUDY #1

Foreign Study # 1 3-RNR is a performative installation where Tresset explores foreignness and how having a robot looking at us with a different unfamiliar perceptual system affects our emotional reaction to it. As an animal, if attention is directed toward us, it needs to be evaluated instantly: can we eat it? Can we procreate with it? Is it going to eat us? What if we can’t decode the observer’s intention? And what will the robot draw if it sees differently? 

RNR learns about humans. In the beginning, it was trained on a dummy head. All humans look the same, and as time passes, the way it sees and draws is influenced by each sitter who has taken part in the performances.

In Tresset’s previous installation series, Human Studies in six chapters (2011-2021), the atmosphere was nostalgic with the old school desks. The robots’ behaviours were designed to seem human-inspired. There are still traces of the past in this work, but they are only very distant, almost archaeological.

Foreign Study #1 is in the New Art Foundation Collection

FOREIGN STUDY #1

Foreign Study # 1 3-RNR is a performative installation where Tresset explores foreignness and how having a robot looking at us with a different unfamiliar perceptual system affects our emotional reaction to it. As an animal, if attention is directed toward us, it needs to be evaluated instantly: can we eat it? Can we procreate with it? Is it going to eat us? What if we can’t decode the observer’s intention? And what will the robot draw if it sees differently? 

RNR learns about humans. In the beginning, it was trained on a dummy head. All humans look the same, and as time passes, the way it sees and draws is influenced by each sitter who has taken part in the performances.

In Tresset’s previous installation series, Human Studies in six chapters (2011-2021), the atmosphere was nostalgic with the old school desks. The robots’ behaviours were designed to seem human-inspired. There are still traces of the past in this work, but they are only very distant, almost archaeological.

Foreign Study #1 is in the New Art Foundation Collection