with special guest DR. NIKO TROJE
APRIL 22, 2016
Random International artists Hannes Koch and Flo Ortkrass, along with Le Laboratoire Founder David Edwards and special guest Dr. Niko Troje discuss the evolution of Fifteen Points. Taking science as a means to develop a new material vocabulary, their work invites consideration of the man/ machine relationship through explorations of behavior and natural phenomena, with the viewer an active participant. New seeds of thought will be revealed, forming overarching questions pertinent to the studio's current practice and offering a glimpse of the first steps for new work.
Founder / Director
Sharing Random's artistic direction with fellow founder Florian Ortkrass, Koch's focus is often on the formal aspects & surrounding context of projects, maintaining the studio's creative autonomy. He works on the communication of their practice & the development of new pieces. His interests lie in the underlying principles of cognition & human behaviour, exploring their relation to the studio's offerings.
Founder / Director
Flo Ortkrass' practice revolves around the creative conception of Random's work - with co-founder Hannes Koch - as well as its physical and functional implementation. His sustained interest in applied science and human cognitive development fuel the evolution of new works and studio culture.
Dr. Niko Troje
Bio Motion Lab
Dr. Troje received his PhD in Biology from the Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany. Dr. Troje is a Canada Research Chair in Vision and Behavioural Sciences at Queen's University. He is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, and cross-appointed with the School of Computing and the Department of Biology. Dr. Troje is also an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Vision Research at York University. His main research interest is focused on questions concerning the nature of perceptual representations. How can a stream of noisy nerve cell excitations possibly be turned into the coherent and predictable perception of a "reality"? Dr. Troje is teaching courses such as "Sensation and Perception" and he and his students are studying the perception of "Biological Motion" and other kinds of data streams. For further information please refer to the web page of the BioMotionLab.