ARTIST

QNQ/AUJIK

Sweden/Japan

QNQ/AUJIK was initiated in 2001 by contemporary artist Stefan Larsson, born in Soderhamn, Sweden, lives and works in Otsu, Japan. MFA at Umea Academy of Fine Arts. Sweden. Working with CGI-video, motion graphic, installations, photos, paintings, clothes and music. Concept of the work(in very short terms) is how AI(artificial intelligence) transcends with the human mind in aspects such as emotions, consciousness, gender and perceptions, as well as the balance and distinction between nature and technology. His work has been described as the Moomin's approach to the technological singularity. Received an honorary mention award(computer animation/vfx/film) at Prix Ars Electronica 2011. Also been featured at onedotzero adventures in motion 2010&2011, Japan media arts Festival 2010, Ars Electronica animation festival 2011. STRP-festival 2010, CologneOFF 2011, CMoDA: creative future. Bejing 2011, Oslo Screen Festival 2012, Oberhausen 58th int. Festival 2012 and more. Had solo exhibitions at galleries in Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo as well as several group exhibitions.

9 states of ambivalence

201200:01:30Video Art
Psychologist Silvan Tomkins Affect Theory; In psychoanalysis an Affect is an emotion or subjectively experienced feeling. The nine affects are: 1. Enjoyment/Joy 2. Interest/Excitement 3. Surprise/Startle 4. Anger/Rage 5. Disgust 6. Dissmell 7. Distress/Anguish 8. Fear/Terror 9. Shame/Humiliation. This video consists of 9 individual characters which are crossbreeds of organic and synthetic elements. Each character represent one of Tomkins Affects in no particular order. They are bound together by different external expressions which can also be seen as a form of communication. They are being observed by a dog named Sharik from whom the viewer see the perspective. It is also inspired by the ideas of Rhizome as described by Gillez Deleuze and Felix Guattari in the book "a thousand plateaus", and especially the concept of Multiplicity. This video was commissioned by Japanese TV Station Space Shower as part of their Station ID project 2012. It will be broadcast on their TV Chanel in April 2012. http://www.spaceshowertv.com

A forest within a forest

201200:05:09Video Art
A guide named Nashi narrates the audience journey in an uncanny forest. What are the creatures that live there, living beings or robots? Nashi states that everything is animated, and that even the things we consider synthetic and artificial are as sacred as plants and stones. She criticizes nature for its inability to develop and praises technology for its flexibility and proclaims that nature should adapt to technology in order to survive.

Polygon Graffiti - an uguisu morph

201200:04:32Video Art
As AR (Augmented Reality) is emerging, art will find new territories in the public space for those who are willing to see it. e.g. Graffiti paintings, which in most cases are considered an illegal act can be viewed in various environments without bothering people who don't appreciate them. This video presents nine dynamic paintings in three different contexts: Urban, Organic and Nature.

Cathexis

201300:06:00Animation
The theme of the video is the ideas of Pancomputationalism and an artificial limbic system explained through a sacred rock located in an ancient Yamabushi area called Ishiyama. Pancomputationalism derives from the idea of a computational universe, which means that the whole universe and all of its elementary particles is a network of a computational system and process.

Impermanence trajectory: the limbic nest

201300:07:00Animation
The video, created in collaboration with Scottish electronic musician Christ, examines how Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) transcends with human emotions.



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