Cyborg Art Collective


Nowadays social media seems an important aspect of today’s society. And online communication through this medium also became part of contemporary culture. Project Key Code focuses on these forms of interaction by looking at its influence on dialogues with regards to expression. Verbally it seems we are able to say one word with much more nuances in meaning through intonation. By means of music the Cyborg Art Collective expands the online communication with a hybrid form of musical composition and dialogue to approach this level of nuance. A computer program is used to translate notes and chords played on a keyboard to letters and punctuation. The data of the characters and the audio is sent between two installations to facilitate a online dialog with a layer of intonation.


Tired of the same boring game controllers?

This hands-on workshop will have participants creating unique yet functional game controllers that will be showcased at a VR installation at Toronto Digifest 2019 . Learn new electronics skills, receive mentorship from the Cyborg Art Collective, a team of multi-disciplinary artists from the Netherlands, and learn about the artistic process and philosophies they use in their work.


Automation of creativity seems as an important facet when thinking about artificial life an AI. Applying the logic of automated systems to a creative process also brings with it an association to the definition of life. Inspired on the interpretation of life as an emergent property, the Cyborg Art Collective created several spider like robots that function according to a set of simple interactions. Like a swarm, unpredictable patterns arise from interactions with each other and their environment.

In this fashion the robots create a painting by walking over a canvas with a paintbrush. Rather than viewing creativity with an essentialist notion of artistic expression, Action Painting 2.0 approaches this through the concept of emergent properties.


The Cyborg Art Collective is a multidisciplinary group that does not operate from a fixed location, and its members working on a particular project can vary. The main focus in every project are about philosophical and scientific questions surrounding conventional technologies and everyday life. The Cyborg Art Collective sees art as an important facet of society which can be viewed as a system mediating between different discourses, fields of study and the culture in general. And through this process of mediating between different discourses the goal is to disseminate ideas, concepts and beliefs held by these different fields of study.


In the last four years the Cyborg Art Collective created and exhibited various types of art projects in many different countries at all sorts of events. Projects like The Ultimate Exhibition, Portrayed.exe and Project Key Code have been on display for diverse audiences at art fairs, festivals and conferences. This includes events like the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, exhibitions like Vita Tua Vita Mea during the Venice art biennials, and conferences like Toronto Digifest. During each of these events the Cyborg Art Collective aims to provide the audience with the possibility to actively interact with the artworks to generate insights and new knowledge through experience.