Paulina Otylie Surys

Uncanny Lovers

Recently new intelligent robotic sex dolls have been invented as more lonely humans seek artificially human machines and their demand has grown directly in tandem with their realism. This reproduction of reality creates a deception and makes it more desirable for people enabling the feeling that technology “can offer us more reality than nature can”. Therefore, the synthetic lovers seem more admirable and attractive serving as a simulacra of an unattainable partner. “Uncanny Lovers” is a project tackling the subject of “Robophilia” shot on an amateur Polaroid camera. Grotesque, yet intimate, these photographs depict (from a voyeuristic perspective) lives of people who have emotional relationships with robotic sex dolls — something that many find more disturbing than the certainty of physical contact with the uncanny lovers. The project tackles the subject of loneliness and isolation triggered by development of technology as well as controversy of growing demand for virtual reality and robotic sex within the context of current norms. An artificial partner that blinks, moves and even converse with human beings, created ultimately to provide an illusion of emotional intimacy and enjoyment of physical contact. For this project, the artis used Masahiro Mori’s concept of “uncanny valley”. The closer to a human a computer-generated figure or humanoid robots become, the more unease it creates. People can usually accept robots if they still look clearly like robots; but if they look almost completely human—but not quite—we are disturbed, repulsed by them.

BIO

Was born in Leszno, Poland and currently lives and works between Poland and London. Surys’ interdisciplinary practice is predominantly lens-based, and involves the physical manipulation of vernacular images or analogue photographs taken and hand processed. This approach combines Surys’ formal training as a fine art painter with photographic practice, sculpture, and art installation. Surys’ work contains an autobiographical background and focus on womanhood, memories, and society.

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