Orchestra of the Uncanny Valley | Dinka Pignon
Dinka Pignon, Emma Hendrix
A sculptural video installation by Dinka Pignon
Sound design and composition: Emma Hendrix
With the participation of Sharon Bradley (acting) and Heather McDermid (violin & saw)
Does an emotional response to the replicant (or humanoid robot) shift from endearment to revulsion as our likenesses become indistinguishable? The Orchestra of the Uncanny Valley explores this question while enacting a rhetorical hypothesis across the fields of 3D animation, robotics, human aesthetics and modern epic theatre.
An assembly of mannequins recites lines from canonical art manifestos (their outfits consisting of projected abstractions, well-known artworks and words) as a violin orchestra plays in and out of tune. Unpredictable calls and responses are generated.
Perceptual conflict and cognitive dissonance direct experiential engagements with the work. Investigating issues of habitual thinking and categorical perception of art, Pignon’s installation reflects on “art as social phenomenon” while provoking reconsiderations of the recognizable and familiar.
DINKA PIGNON is an interdisciplinary media artist working with spatial video installation, ‘video sculpture’ and performance. Her experimental practice is characterized by a strong affinity for the phenomenal, liminal, conceptual and minimal.
The work is situated in the field of ‘mixed reality’, operating on the borderline between the real and the virtual. In her installations, large-scale video projections reshape the architecture of the space and create illusionary effects over objects. Built in this manner, some of her installations are made to serve as virtual environments for performance to take place, often inviting audience participation.
Over the last 30 years, Dinka has produced a large body of work that has been shown world wide. Parallel to her own practice, she has coordinated and curated interdisciplinary art events, festivals, experimental workshops and international art exchange programs. Devoted to artist-run culture, she has spent most of her working life in artist-run centers: 15 years at the Fylkingen for New Music & Intermedia Art in Stockholm and 10 years at VIVO Media Arts Center in Vancouver.
Emma Hendrix is a sound designer and installation artist who uses improvisation as a means to building textural sound compositions.