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Susi Krautgartner


Uncanny Valley

Exhibition view, Susi Krautgartner, “Uncanny Valley”, 2010, © FOTOHOF

“Uncanny Valley” named after a well-known hypothesis of roboticist Masahiro Mori. Moris’s theory describes the empirically measureable effect of an emotional response to non-human entities. Essentially, human-likeness triggers empathy. However, when an almost perfect human-likeness is achieved, strong negative emotions can be detected. Susi Krautgartner invokes this effect through the medium of self-portrait which express familiar role models and stereo types.

Susi Krautgartner, from the series: “Uncanny Valley”, 2006 - 2012, C-Print, 70 x 100 cm