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Thinking Like a Machine

An Artists Journey Into Robotics

Edited by: Niki Passath

Work in robotics from 2004 to 2016

In many modes of behavior, people act more and more like machines. In the context of work, people have become a human resource that can be replaced at any time. An existence without purpose cannot be imagined – just as a machine without function is absurd. Do humans already think like machines? Do they have a "master-slave" relationship with them? Are humans no longer any more than an organic prosthetic fitted to an inorganic body?

With his created robotic beings, Niki Passath breaks with this seemingly rational technological system. By eliminating the predominant rationality of the machine, he gives it a new meaning.

This book is the first monograph on the artist’s oeuvre. Internationally renowned experts shed light on the many facets of his work.

  • An aesthetic approach to machines and work processes
  • New forms of behavior between man and machine
  • Edition Angewandte - Book Series of the University of Applied Arts Vienna

Author Information

Niki Passath studied violoncello and architecture and graduated in media studies / digital art; he lives and works in Vienna and Graz.

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Audience: An Kunst, Robotik, Performance interessierte Fachleute und Laien.