Riccardo Giacconi: Rational and Irrational Numbers

Rational and Irrational Numbers is a project on the concept of animation. The project aims to connect the archaic tradition of puppetry to the latest technological developments on robotics and artificial intelligence, at the same time addressing puppets to be an ancient prefiguration of the theory of the “uncanny valley”, according to which the more an anthropomorphic automaton resembles a human being, the more monstrous its imperfections appear.

Rational and Irrational Numbers consists in the production of a film and in a collaboration between the Colla Company and the EPFL RRL, whose outcome’s nature will be identified during the development of the residency.

Animal, a 21′ video by Riccardo Giacconi

About the exhibition

The film “Animal”, is the result of Giacconi’s intensive research around artistic and scientific questions at the boundary between human and machine, carried out in EPFL’s robotics laboratories. To be seen from January 13 to 29, 2023 at EPFL Pavilions.

Riccardo Giacconi

Riccardo Giacconi (IT)has studied fine arts at the IUAV University of Venezia. His work has been exhibited in various institutions, such as Grazer Kunstverein (Graz), ar/ge kunst (Bolzano), MAC (Belfast), WUK Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Vienna), FRAC Champagne-Ardenne (Reims), tranzitdisplay (Prague), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin) and the 6. Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. He co-founded the collective listening festival ‘Helicotrema’ and the audio storytelling studio ‘Botafuego’.