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Daria Martin, Soft Materials, 16mm, (10 min., 5 sec), (2004)
Daria Martin, Sensorium Tests, 16mm, (10 min.), (2012)
Terry Fox, The Children’s Tapes, DVD, (30 min.), (1974)
Soft Materials was shot in the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Zurich where scientists research ‘embodied artificial intelligence’. The film introduces a group of robots to two performers, their bodies mimicking responding, and touching.
In Sensorium Tests, Martin uses staged scenarios based on an experiment into the neurological condition called ‘mirror-touch synaesthesia’ People with this condition experience a physical sense of touch on their own bodies when they see other people, or sometimes even objects being touched. The film explores how sensations might be created and shared between people and objects.
In The Children’s Tapes, Terry Fox constructs a series of elementary experiments that illustrate fundamental principles of physical science: A piece of fruit is placed under a tin lid held up by a single match, as an unsuspecting fly approaches the bait; a spoon, balanced on a fork, holds a piece of ice until the melting water topples it; a candle in a pan of water is extinguished when a pot is placed over it.
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