Joachim Coucke at Yoko Uhoda Gallery

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Artists: Joachim Coucke (featuring Federico Acal, Liesbeth Doms, Olga Fedorova, Spiros Hadjidjanos, Tilman Hornig, Kareem Lotfy and Xavier Mary)

Exhibition title: Deeper Minds

Venue: Yoko Uhoda Gallery, Liège, Belgium

Date: June 9 – July 10, 2016

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Yoko Uhoda

Digital data does not allow us to forget. We enter the mind through a screen. It’s the backdoor to the unconscious. Google, Apple and the Facebook’s of this world own our souls. Everywhere and anytime our information is collected and stored in huge data centres. Every step we take, every decision we make, is monitored and analyzed through our devices.

These data centres are the heart of what the industry calls ‘Big Data’. The stored information is not only used to send us personalized advertisements. But also to prevent wars, plan cities and predict future human behaviour.

A big threat to our online freedom is the Google business model, as money is directly made out of these ‘Big Data’. Google controls what we know and keeps us in a virtual bubble. This was long foreseen by George Orwell in ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’, in which the author portrays a Big Brother like society. Nowadays there’s no need for government spies with cameras or microphones since our data, which is scattered, reveals a lot of who we are and what we stand for.

So privacy became an obsolete idea in the Internet age. But it’s not too late yet to install rules on how to deal and trade these data. Data has long been used to sell commodities or services but it has never been seen as a potential product. Now the time is right as we are all producers and we should all be able to benefit from the growing sea of information.

The race for data and artificial intelligence is at a peak. Ray Kurzweil (an American inventor and entrepreneur) believes that, by 2029, computers will be able to do all the things humans do, and even better. Is artificial intelligence already more than just a voice in the computer? Lately, there’s a lot of discussion on artificial intelligence because great minds fear a Terminator-like scenario, especially with the great techno-titans buying themselves in on the race. A lot of political and ethical questions arise.

This made me wonder: what if an artificial brain would write about my work? What if a robot would make my art? What would the outcome be?

But remember, you are what you like. We are the deeper minds.

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Joachim Coucke, Desk for the empty minds (version 2), 2016
Lightbox, 120 x 90 x 14 cm

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Joachim Coucke, Frequently Answered Questions_Office workers, 2016 (detail)
Mixed media. Variable dimensions

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Joachim Coucke, Frequently Answered Questions_Office workers, 2016 (detail)
Mixed media. Variable dimensions

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Joachim Coucke, Frequently Answered Questions_Office workers, 2016 (detail)
Mixed media. Variable dimensions

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Joachim Coucke, Containing the future (Reading robot), 2016
Mixed media, 38,5 x 32 x 59,5 cm

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Joachim Coucke, Containing the future (Reading robot), 2016
Mixed media, 38,5 x 32 x 59,5 cm

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Joachim Coucke, Containing the future (Reading robot 2), 2016
Mixed media, 38,5 x 32 x 59,5 cm

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Joachim Coucke, Containing the future (Reading robot 2), 2016 (detail)
Mixed media, 38,5 x 32 x 59,5 cm

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Joachim Coucke, Containing the future (Reading robot 2), 2016 (detail)
Mixed media, 38,5 x 32 x 59,5 cm

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Joachim Coucke, Containing the future (Stinkin genious), 2016
Mixed media, 38,5 x 32 x 59,5 cm

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Joachim Coucke, Containing the future (Stinkin genious), 2016 (detail)
Mixed media, 38,5 x 32 x 59,5 cm

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Joachim Coucke, Google knows, 2016
Fabric on wood, notice board and plastic letters, 100 x 120 x 6 cm

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Joachim Coucke, Visual Cortex, 2016
Fabric on wood, notice board and plastic letters, 120 x 160 x 6 cm

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Joachim Coucke, Maintain your weight Amputate, 2016
Fabric on wood, notice board and plastic letters, 90 x 120 x 6 cm

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Joachim Coucke, The Societies In The Clouds, 2016
Fabric on wood, notice board, plastic letters, direct print on forex, lasercut, 120x80x7,5cm

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Tilman Hornig, She has no problem killing. She’s a killing machine (blue), 2016
Tilman Hornig, She has no problem killing. She’s a killing machine (bronze), 2016
Tilman Hornig, She has no problem killing. She’s a killing machine (clear), 2016
C-print, mirror. 60 x 30 (each piece)

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Liesbeth Doms, With an Artful Brain, 2016
Oil on wood, 193 x 46 cm

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Olga Fedorova, Elegant lady, 2016
Digital image on plexiglass, 60 x 80 cm

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Federico Acal, Recalling Previous Lives, 2015
Wood and chicken bones

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Federico Acal, Recalling Previous Lives, 2015 (detail)
Wood and chicken bones

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Spiros Hadjidjanos, Anthemion, 2015
3D print, aluminium coating, 36,07 x 48,54 x 9 cm

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Spiros Hadjidjanos, Anthemion, 2015 (detail)
3D print, aluminium coating, 36,07 x 48,54 x 9 cm

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Joachim Coucke, Frequently Answered Questions, 2016 (detail)
Mixed media, Variable dimensions

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Joachim Coucke, Frequently Answered Questions, 2016 (detail)
Mixed media, Variable dimensions

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Kareem Lotfy, Real, 2015
C-print with plexi face mounting, 150 x 100 cm

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Xavier Mary, Das beste oder nichts, 2014
Welded steel, 150 x 9 cm

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