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Untitled (Authentic)

Animatronic/ interactive sculptural work, 2018

David Rych, Untitled (Authentic), 2018

David Rych, Untitled (Authentic), 2018

The work consists of a industrial silicone human cast with interactive animatronic eyes and a pre-trained deep Artificial Intelligence (AI) model. The system integrates a computer vision systemand Fully Convolutional Localization Network (FCLN) architecture that processes impressions toboth localize and describe salient regions in images in natural language. The connected Recur-rent Neural Network language model, generating the descriptions, is based on the Visual Genome dataset, developed at Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab (which comprises 108,077 Images, 5.4 Million Region Descriptions. 1.7 Million Visual Question Answers. 3.8 Million Object Instances. 2.8 Million Attributes). The ability to automatically recognize the contents of images is based on a set of algorithms that attempt to model high-level abstractions in data by using multiple processing layers with complex structures, by learning to analyse and classify images from databases first classified by human users.

The language of the existing system has however been “re-trained”, by replacing terminology relat-ing visual features with alternative descriptions. Using samples of authors from the past 50 years, who in their writing would challenge notions of the self and the other, in opposing or fostering cer-tain identities, or altogether created manifestoes arguing for different models of coexistence.

Realistic animatronic eyes paired with motion tracking and facial recognition software, enable the figure to establish eye contact with viewers and follow them across the room. In response to visual input, the AI would either randomly switch modes between a number of settings, or being specifically sensitive to visual impulses – for example if there were “too many” men in the room,it would switch from say, a language inspired by Donna Haraway to Valerie Solanas and become more offensive.

Visually the sculpture takes over a placeholder function for a common trope in Sci-Fi, the fembot, connected to either empowerment or subordination. Here presented as a precarious future work-er, a commodity product referencing the assembly line – with interchangeable sex and attributes – retrained and equipped with a resistive language. As an „emancipated object“, similar to BLO’s Barbie hack, this AI remains within a human logic and language of empowerment and liberation – pointing to a more evident reality, which users might affect in order to correct bias in databases, inherent in language and classification, which algorithms serve from and thus carry on hegemo-nial power structures.


David Rych

Born in Innsbruck 1975

Since 2014 – Professor at Art Academy Trondheim / Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU)

2004/ 2005 –  Post-Diplome College Invisible, École supérieure des beaux-arts de Marseille

2002 – Artist in Residence – La Box, Bourges

1999/ 2000 – Bezalel University/ Photography Department, Jerusalem

1995/ 2001 – Academy of Fine Arts Vienna


BesucherInnenschule – Galerie Widauer , Innsbruck


Border Act – Kunstpavillon – Tiroler Künstlerschaft, Innsbruck
Green light – Shared learning – T-B A21 – Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna


RLB Kunstpreis 2014 – RLB Kunstbrücke, Innsbruck
Die Ästhetik des Widerstands – Galerie im Turm, Berlin
J’En Veux Plus, Toujours Plus! /// And I Still Want More! – Galerie Thomas Henry Ross Art Contemporain, Montreal, QC
Die Ästhetik des Widerstands – Galerie IG Bildende Kunst, Vienna


AGORA, 4TH Athens Biennale
Collectivity Matters, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck
Human Hotel Copenhagen, Wooloo Project in Skt.Kjelds Kvarter Copenhagen Arttirol – Kunstankäufe des Landes Tirol 2010 – 2013 – Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck


7. Berlin Biennale für zeitgenössische Kunst – Forget Fear – 3. Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, KW Berlin
Produktive Anordnungen, Premierentage 2012, Innsbruck
Sinopale 4 – Sinopale – International Sinop Biennial, Istanbul

Kunstpeis 2012, RLB Kunstbrücke, Innsbruck
Beutezüge. Systeme des Eigennutzes – Mechanismen der Plünderung, Open Space Wien Berliner Zimmer – Paviljon Cvijeta Zuzoric, Belgrad


Berliner Zimmer – Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo
Berliner Zimmer – National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bukarest Berliner Zimmer – MMCA Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki


Schattendorf Biennale – ….from erewhon to here knows when…. – Kunstverein Schattendorf, Schattendorf


Manifesta 8 – European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Murcia
Die Welt als Kulisse – Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck
Der Drang nach Osten – HIT Gallery, Bratislava
Transient Spaces – The tourist Syndrome – Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin Transient Spaces – The Tourist Syndrome – Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK), Berlin

Transient Spaces – The Tourist Syndrome – Kaunas Photography gallery, Kaunas
Let’s Talk About Nationalism! Between Ideology and Identity – Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn e-flux video rental – Fondazione Giuliani, Rom
Celebration! Uqbar’s 3rd Anniversary Exhibition – Uqbar, Berlin


The house is on fire, but the show must go on – Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck The Renaming Machine – Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic, Zagreb
Comunidad Fictica – M100 – Centro Culturtal Matucana 100, Santiago (im)migrants with(in) – Open Space – Zentrum für Kunstprojekte, Vienna


Other than Yourself – An Investigation between Inner and Outer Space – T-B A21 – Thyssen- Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Wien
e-flux Video Rental / 1st Floor of the Foundation central building – Centro de Arte Moderna – CAM – Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lissabon

Am Sprung – O.K Centrum für Gegenwartskunst, Linz
Art Award 2008, RLB Kunstbrücke, Innsbruck
BB3 – Parallel Events, Bucharest International Biennial of Contemporary Art On Xenophobia Redux, Kunstpavillon, Innsbruck
On Xenophobia Redux, Open Space, Vienna


Inquiry Into Reality: Disappearance Of Public Space, – Press To Exit Project Space, Skopje Globale07, documentary film festival, Berlin


KÜBA: Journey against the Current – T-B A21 – Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna
Canetti House, Rousse – Bulgaria
Museum of Contemporary Art, Novi Sad – Serbia

Vukovar City Museum, Vukovar – Croatia Ethnographic Museum, Budapest – Hungary TRANZIT, Bratislava – Slovakia
Nestroyhof, Vienna

It is hard to touch the real, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz
Inquiry into Reality: The Disappearance of Public Space – Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Belgrad
Economy Class, Alliance Francaise, Nairobi


Shrinking Cities, Interventions, GfZK, Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig
UTOPIE : FREIHEIT, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
ID Troubles – US Visit, NURTUREart Gallery and Emerging Curators’ Resource Center, New York
E-flux Video Rental (curated selection), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Projet: Cis 4, Galerie rue Mongrand, Marseille
Rallye Bar, Forum Stadtpark, Graz
The War Room, Galerie 35, Berlin


DEAF04, V2 Dutch Electronic Art Festival, Rotterdam

Alterity Display, Lawrence O’Hana Gallery, London
Fly Utopia, Transmediale 04, Berlin
Values, 11th Biennial of Visual Arts – Pančevo Biennial, Pančevo Hilchot Shchenim –chapter B, Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon It is hard to touch the real, 2nd Videofestival, Kunstverein Munich VideoMedeja, 8th International Video Festival, Novi Sad
Radical Positioning, Pavel Haus, Laafeld
Interventionen gegen Rassismen, IG Bildende Kunst, Vienna Under the bridge, Exhibition project, Belgrade


Bandits-Mages, International Video Festival, Bourges Beyond the map – constructing narratives, la Box, Bourges


Erfrischungen, Kunstpavillon, Innsbruck
Realisation of the project UTOPIA TRAVEL (Danesch/ Rych): Townhouse Gallery Cairo
Espace SD Beirut
Sea Elephant Travel Agency /the Loft Istanbul
Apartment project Istanbul
XXL-Gallery Sofia
SKC Belgrade
so.ba café SCCA Sarajevo
net.culture club mama Zagreb
Moderna Galerija Ljubljana
Menza pri koritu Club/ Metelkova Mesto Ljubljana
Association for Contemporary Art Graz SECESSION. Vienna


Das Experiment 3 – UTOPIA TRAVEL, SECESSION, Vienna


hEXPO – International Festival of Self-Organizing Cultural Forms, Ljublijana/ Maribor/ Koper transpackaging, Minoriten Galerie, Graz


Aufbau: Providers, 1822 Forum, Frankfurt/Main Kunst auf der Baustelle/Modebus >>time scan 1<<, Museumsquartier – MQ, Vienna


Parkplatz, Generali Foundation Vitrine, Vienna Academies, Spices & Diversities, Semperdepot, Vienna


Lightbulbdelight – Video Art Festival, G.U.N., Oslo 01, Galerie im Andechshof Innsbruck

Ferdinandeum Museum Innsbruck
T-B A21 – Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna It is hard to touch the real, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz E-flux Video Rental, Berlin/ New York