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Workshop – Von Menschen und Maschinen

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Niki Passath | Steirischer Herbst 2017

Eröffnung: Sonntag, 24.09.2017, 17:30-22:00 Uhr
Dauer bis 14.10.2017

Kunsthalle Graz
Conrad-von Hötzendorf-Straße 42 a
8010 Graz
Kuratoren: Wenzel Mraček, Jani W. Schwob,
Arnold Reinisch

Eröffnungsrede: Wenzel Mraček
Finissage: Fr. 13.10.2017, 18:30 – 22:00 Uhr
Öffnungszeiten: 23.09. – 14.10.2017, Di. – Fr. 16:00 – 19:00, Sa. 11:00 – 15:00 Uhr

Von künstlicher und künstlerischer Intelligenz: Der Grazer Künstler Niki Passath schafft soziale Situationen zwischen Mensch und Maschine mit offenem Ausgang.
Niki Passath überträgt die Beziehung von Mensch und Maschine in den White Cube und schafft berührende Symbiosen zwischen organischen und maschinellen Körpern. In der Ausstellung „Workshop“ zeigt und entwickelt der Künstler per Software gesteuerte Roboter, die einerseits vorab festgelegten Choreografien folgen, andererseits auf Umgebung und Publikum reagieren.






thinking like a machine, Flux Factory, New York 20.7.2016 – 21.7.2016

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Since the beginning of the industrial revolution the human, especially the working human, has increasingly adapted to a coexistence with machines. The human has become a prosthesis for the non-organic body of the industrial factory. During early adaptation this occurred mainly on the material body, the hardware of humanity. Simple repetitive movements on the assembly line became the tasks of the workers to fulfill those duties the machine could not.

The promise was that humans of the future will not have to work, machines will lighten the load. However, the importance of ones identity being tied to her/his occupation became increasingly socially relevant.

With the invention of the computer, machines have moved away from hardware towards software; machines began to acquire a brain. In this new epoch, is it possible that human are still a prostheses of the machine? Now not only attached to the body but also an amendment to its thinking? It can seem that with the wish of creating machines that think like humans, we have also created humans that think like machines.

More and more a human defines itself by the work it does, no-matter how unnecessary or meaningless this activity is. It is often the case today that there is no need for working humans, as artificially intelligent systems can control and realize the whole cycle of industrial production. What do we do now that the human is redundant?
During the workshop participants will work with Austrian artist and Flux resident Niki Passath to create a robot from scratch. These robots will act together to become an amalgamated body, which will perform during the opening reception. The reception and exhibition will feature the robots made during the workshop.!Thinking-like-a-Machine-de-Niki-Passath/ckv5/578e8f790cf2779eabf0f9cd


Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

This cube-like object occupies space. The materiality is translucent but not transparent,
creating an intimate and private retreat area. At night the cube is illuminated by an
imitation of television signals which simulates the visibility of private spaces in the cities
at night through the windows, visible from the street.
It seems to be possible to view through the film, but because of the structure it is only
possible to see some distorted structures from behind.
The object is shaped by air, making it impossible to create an accurate cube. It seems that
the higher pressure inside the cuboid creates a hybrid form between cube and sphere.
At the same time the translucent material and this half-organic form embed the object
inside the space, may it be inside or outside, countryside or in the city and changes its
appearance in every different environment.




realized at campbasel, Basel, Switzerland



installed at A | B | Contemporary Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

generously supported by P.M Schultes,

black morula

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

realized at campbasel


Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

cartographies of everyday at sea – art residency

The huge amount of spiders around the art colony inspired me to work on this three spiderweb structures. Because the spiders immediately populate the artificial web, the structure of the network changes continuosly and introduces a different point of view to those omnipresent creatures and engages a coexistence between insects and art.

on site at
nida art colony, Curonian Spit, Lithuania



populated spidernetworks





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