DISCOVER THE WORK OF THE NOMINEES FOR THE MEIJBURG ART COMMISSION 2021 #NOMINEE 4: Wanda Tuerlinckx
“Some robots are so unbelievably real. The way they move, when they look at you and how they blink, you really have to take a moment to think: Is this a person or a robot?”
The Flemish photographer Wanda Tuerlinckx is fascinated by the feelings that people have when they meet a life-like robot for the first time. Scientists have noted how the more a robot resembles a real human, the more people tend to fear and dislike it. In the field of robotics, that notion is called the ‘uncanny valley’. Tuerlinckx: “When it looks human and behaves like a human, but there is this little imperfection, that makes people feel weird.” Since 2015, Tuerlinckx has been making portraits of robots with a camera from 1880. Like the invention of photography at the time, the current development of robots represents a significant evolution in human development. This juxtaposition, that links the revolution of photography and the revolution of robots, embodies the fusion of humans and technology. For this series, Tuerlinckx has collaborated with human-machine interaction scientist Dr. ir Erwin R. Boer.