On 31 January, the Italian Cultural Institute of London, in collaboration with the Institute of Modern Languages Research, is presenting ‘Robots, Ballet, and the Brain-Computer Interface’, the second session in the series ‘Humans, Posthumans, and Machines’, curated by Katia Pizzi (Director, IIC London) and Kate Foster (Institute of Modern Languages Research).
The conference will focus on the relationship between man and machine. For centuries, humans have made machines in their image, such as Leonardo’s automa cavaliere which could stand, sit and even lift its visor. And for even longer, we have imagined machinic bodies which resemble us as in the tales of moving statues in Antiquity. On the other side, humans can behave like machines, repeating the same activity faultlessly hundreds or thousands of times and blurring the boundaries between human and machine.
On the program, there are three lectures:
- Ben Russell (Science Museum, Londra), “You, Robot: Bridging the Human-Machine Interface”;
- Katherine Shingler (Università di Nottingham e Exeter), “L’uomo e la macchina nel Ballet mécanique”;
- Luca Viganò (King’s College London), “Internet dei neuroni”.
For more information go to iiclondra.esteri.it