BENKA – Lot 14

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Estimated Value 2700€


160 × 140 cm
mixed media on canvas, 2021


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BENKA opposes mankind’s dangerous game of underestimating the consequences of AIs. Whether it is the digitisation of our social relations through the invasion of smartphone screens, the progressive introduction of humanoids such as Aida, Sophia or Erica and cyber-surveillance, our contemporary society is facing a decisive mutation.

His artistic approach aims to expose the question of the robotisation of our world. If we are still very far from a war against robots as seen in the series of Terminator, our time calls in his opinion to the questioning of our relationship to artificial intelligence. If A.I. has a considerable advantage in fields such as medicine or astronomy, on the other hand, it presents many drawbacks and raises both questions and concerns.

These numbers and letters in his paintings are captchas.

A captcha is a program that protects websites from bots by generating tests that humans can perform unlike malicious computer programs (robots). The captcha is used to verify, for example, that you are a human when connecting to an interface (login) or to avoid “SPAM” on your mailboxes for contact forms on your website. These captchas are interpreted by BENKA and transformed into a symbol of his artistic struggle.


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