Carolin Liebl & Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler

Carolin Liebl, (* 1989 in Lichtenfels, GER ) /
Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler (* 1987 in Gießen, GER)
live in Frankfurt am Main

Carolin Liebl and Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler have been collaborating since 2012. In their artistic work they focus on how art and technology reciprocally influence each other. Their installations highlight the essence of machines and how humans address artificial intelligence. Liebl and Schmid-Pfähler are interested in what we can learn about our own behavioral patterns from studying machines.

Their piece called “Vincent und Emily” (2013), which consists of two idiosyncratic robots who are a couple in a relationship with rules of its own that also responds to their particular environment. In order to be able to communicate the duo, like people, depend on movements and sounds, and respond precisely to these. The erroneous readings of these interpretations give rise for unforeseen reactions. The seemingly human behavior is intended to encourage viewers to interact with Vincent und Emily and through communication temporarily become part of the installation.

Their “Es” (2014) installation concerns itself with the narrow line in technology dividing genius from madness. The structure on display is to be located precisely on that borderline. The installation consists of a self-developed, technological object made up of magnetic spools. The structure attests to the rise and fall of technical appliances.

ES, 2014
kinetic sculpture, installation, electromagnetic inductor, permanent magnet, plummet battery
Courtesy the artists
Vincent und Emily, 2012
Interactive installation, camera, motors, Arduino, Raspberry Pi
Courtesy the artists

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