QUBIT AI: Banz & Bowinkel


FILE 2024 | Installations
International Electronic Language Festival

Bots presents a computer-controlled society through a series of algorithmically controlled humanoid avatars that appear on physical carpets using augmented reality (AR). Real-time performances synthesize human behavioral patterns into a formalized digital social study. Omnipresent, combined with our devices and incorporated into virtual environments, the work reminds us of our own digitalized world, in which we are surrounded by invisible bots.


Giulia Bowinkel (born 1983) and Friedemann Banz (born 1980) live in Berlin and have worked together under the name Banz & Bowinkel since 2009. In 2007 they graduated from the Art Academy with Albert Oehlen and started making art with computers . His work encompasses computer-generated imagery, animation, augmented reality, virtual realities and installations.

Ai Weiwei

Hansel & Gretel
Hansel & Gretel oscille entre architecture et art en explorant la perception de l’espace et le statut de l’espace public dans le contexte d’une surveillance omniprésente. Le titre fait référence au conte de fées des frères Grimm dans lequel un frère et une soeur se perdent dans la forêt – un endroit qui leur est familier. L’entrée de l’installation est une porte latérale discrète à partir de laquelle un étroit tunnel assombrissant guide le visiteur vers la vaste salle d’exercices presque complètement sombre. Des drones vrombissent au-dessus de la tête des visiteurs, suivent et transmettent leurs mouvements sur de grands écrans.


Cuerpo eléctrico
Cuerpo eléctrico es una respuesta a nuestra creciente dependencia de la tecnología de la información; las prendas encarnan su naturaleza omnipresente pero intangible. Se establece un paralelo entre el uniforme en la ropa y la forma en que la tecnología se homogeneiza y aplana. Para revelar lo íntimo, lo único, debemos mirar dentro de la pantalla, a través de estas ventanas. Las piezas uniformes de la colección están inspiradas en prendas clásicas de trabajo, cuyas costuras, bolsillos, cuellos, se convierten en la base de las incisiones. Esta disección del uniforme revela el yo expresivo; un circuito electrónico bordado a mano: la fusión de anatomías humanas e informáticas.

Moritz Simon

Glitch Robot
The Installation consists of several robotic actors. When the actors make contact with their instruments, they produce a sonic impression of an omnipresent texture of modern life: electronic music. The music robots used in this performance consists of recycled and 3D-printed parts such as harddisks, relays, tongues, motors and solenoids. Glitch Robot connects mechanical, visible movements to audible sound by using small sound-producing robots. Thus, the installation highlights the origin of the sound in a way no conventional medium of electronic music production is able to. Typically, electronic music eliminates the haptic aspect of sound-generation, creating a void in understanding of how sound, and thus music, is mechanically created.

Romain Laurent

Ромен Лоран
Ромаин Лаурент
Comfort Zone
Artist Romain Laurent is a conceptual photographer, director, and everything in between. From high-concept ideas to fresh energetic portraits, his quirky and fantastical perspective is omnipresent.


Waking Up in News America
The room-sized installation investigates two of Heinecken’s deep concerns: mass media and the affects of one particular form of mass media–the television. “Waking Up in News America” is a room in which every surface–the walls and floors, the figure sitting in a chair and the range of household objects that make up this odd ‘domestic’ environment–are completely covered in images shot from the TV. The effect is to suggest that we are formed–in every way–by the omnipresent medium.

Zhu Pei and UNRBANUS

Digital Beijing
The Digital Beijing building begins to explore what will occur in the digital epoch. The building served as the control and data centre for the 2008 Olympics. The concept for Digital Beijing was developed through reconsideration and reflection on the role of contemporary architecture in the information era. Resembling that omnipresent symbol, the bar code, the building emerges from a serene water surface. The façade itself is detailed to resemble an integrated circuit board.