Schering Stiftung

Exhibition 

Hyphen-Labs, PushMi PullYu, 2020

Hyphen-Labs, PushMi PullYu, 2020
Photo: Rendering by Hyphen-Labs

Hyphen-Labs, PushMi PullYu, 2020

Hyphen-Labs, PushMi PullYu, 2020
Photo: Rendering by Hyphen-Labs

Hyphen-Labs: PushMi PullYu, entrance

Hyphen-Labs: PushMi PullYu, entrance
Photo: Ink Agop

Hyphen-Labs: PushMi PullYu, installation shot

Hyphen-Labs: PushMi PullYu, installation shot
Photo: Ink Agop

Hyphen-Labs: PushMi PullYu, installation shot

Hyphen-Labs: PushMi PullYu, installation shot
Photo: Ink Agop

Hyphen-Labs

PushMi PullYu

Hyphen-Labs

PushMi PullYu

Duration:

September 12 – November 22, 2020

Exhibition opening:

Friday, 11. September 2020, 12–8 p.m.

Opening hours:

Thursday and Friday, 1–7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.


In the solo exhibition “PushMi PullYu” by international art and design studio Hyphen-Labs, sensorimotor machines move freely through the exhibition space, interacting with one another and the audience alike. The visitors either watch them passively or influence their behavior. Thus, either independently or controlled by external forces the sensorimotor machines take over an exhibition space flooded with colored light. Visitors experience the enigmatic movement of the machines and their projections on the walls. While the interaction of the robots might seem arbitrary at first, the public will observe how under certain lighting conditions a seemingly random action turns into a choreography.

Through its installation “PushMi PullYu”, Hyphen-Labs encourages the public to explore concepts of consciousness and decision-making based on much debated questions such as: How do we make decisions? How are they influenced by our social environment? Is free will an illusion?

The installation is inspired by swarm behavior as observed in nature, and the research on free will done by neuroscientist Prof. Dr. John-Dylan Haynes, whose dialogue with Hyphen-Labs was of fundamental significance for the project. Haynes’ experiments reveal that brain signalling involved in decision-making occurs seven to ten seconds prior to what is thought of as a conscious decision, an insight that has provided new fertile ground for the advocates of determinism. This was however followed in 2015 by a work in which he was able to show that this very brain signal can be “overruled” by a conscious decision.

The exhibition explores the space between ‘free will’ and determinism and between individualism and collective behaviour. In reference to Haynes’ studies, Hyphen-Labs has collaborated with swarm researcher Dr. Mary Katherine Heinrich and design and technology studio Kai Lab to reprogram robots for domestic use. Visitors can interact with these machines by controlling their movements via red or blue light pulses. Depending on the colour scheme, the machines change their course and new formations are constantly appearing in the room.

Hyphen-Labs is an international studio working at the intersection of technology, art, science, and the future. Founded in 2014 by the Mexican-American engineer Carmen Aguilar y Wedge and the Turkish architect Ece Tankal, Hyphen-Labs collaborates with women psychologists, programmers, artists, scientists, and other professionals from all over the world. The studio uses its diverse expertise and cultural perspectives to develop works that address current social discourses, outline technological innovations, and are informed by scientific research.

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Ausstellungseröffnung Hyphen-Labs: PushMi PullYu

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Hyphen-Labs on Free Will 

"The robots in our installation ›PushMi PullYu‹ represent the individual and collective but also the mind and the body. They swarm, make decisions, move within set borders, experience outside influences and have individual interactions. […] Who, then, is pulling? And who is pushing?"

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This Project is realized in cooperation with the following partners:

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Schering Stiftung

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10117 Berlin

Telefon: +49 - 30 - 20 62 29 65
Email: info@scheringstiftung.de

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Thursday to Monday: 1 pm - 7 pm
Saturday to Sunday: 11 am - 7 pm
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