2020, digital photograph
Figure Study is an imitation of traditional figure studies in drawing and painting, in which a naked form, often the naked female form, is replicated as art.
Simple photographic composition and the puppet-like body evoke traditionalism; only the power and computer cables issuing from her bottom betray that this is in fact a high-tech machine.
Figure Study is part of Actroid Series II, a series of stills, composite photographs, video portraits and interactions that point up the potential uses of humanoid robots for AI monitoring and surveillance. Focusing primarily on the Japan-designed Otonaroid, a female-appearing android model that is meant for reception and simple conversation purposes, the artworks concern how we render restrictions more comfortable by giving social systems a human face.
Echoes of Monologues, ANOMALY, Tokyo 2020
Robot: Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories