Jessica Field Field Studies

Date(s): May 16 to Jun 13 2009

Exhibition

Jessica Field, Training Robot, 2006

This project addresses social issues concerning the commercial creation of artificial intelligence robots that attempt to fulfil human expectations and desires. Field Studies uses video works to create a façade of expectation in the viewer. The videos are idealistic, they depict the robots in a virtual manner where everything they do is harmonious, orderly and fulfills the desires of the artist by doing everything she wants them to do. The real robots in the exhibition do not embody these behaviours; they have their own intelligence and shortcomings quite apart from Field’s expectations of them and are nearly always out of sync with the video’s expectations. The robots instead have behaviours of their own and their lack of evolution towards the artist’s expectations creates a character that is unique.

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Jessica Field, Training Robot, 2006

Jessica Field was born in Pickering in 1978. She studied media arts at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and at Concordia University in Montreal. She works mainly with robotics and artificial intelligence to create theatrical robot plays where the environment determines the course of the plot and the robot actors play out their tragic flaw. Field has exhibited in galleries and museums in Sweden, Montreal and Toronto. She has been teaching electronic workshops since 2004 at InterAccess.

Jessica Field, Field Studies, 2009. Photo: Paul Litherland

Jessica Field, Field Studies, 2009. Photo: Paul Litherland

Jessica Field, Field Studies, 2009. Photo: Paul Litherland

Jessica Field, Field Studies, 2009. Photo: Paul Litherland

Jessica Field, Field Studies, 2009. Photo: Paul Litherland

Jessica Field, Field Studies, 2009. Photo: Paul Litherland