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What About the Heart?

What does it mean to be human as technology progresses?

What About the Heart?

What does it mean to be human as technology progresses?

£795
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29
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, October 31 2014 7:30 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 31, 2014

About

What About The Heart? is a photography project on robotics technology in Japan. A niche of the Japanese robotics industry, is driven by a philosophical pursuit to understand what it means to be human, and believe that making human robotics is the answer. 

This project was originally funded by the IdeasTap Photographic Award, supported by Magnum Photos and The Times Eureka Young Photographers Award. Since 2010, I have been travelling between Japan's universities meeting with robotics scientists, and documenting their humanoid robots.

The series of documentary photographs focus heavily on the faces of the robots which were constructed as a way to question the humanistic aspects of the subject. Alongside the images, I interviewed each robotics scientist, on the philosophy, ethics and role of religion in creating such robots. These interviews sit alongside the images and are recorded on video. 

The interviews and video give access to the human side of the project, and an insight into the scientist's pursuit of answering the larger question: what does it mean to be human as technology progresses?

In one interview with Scientist Hiroshi Ishiguro on the definitions of being human, I ask; “What about the heart?” he answers unaware of the abstract intentions of my question; “That is the easiest part; artificial hearts is very popular now. The liver is more difficult."

My goal is to return to Japan for a 3 month trip. I will continue working with the scientists at the forefront of robotics technology. I will continue filming footage for a short documentary film and taking photographs on my medium format camera.

I will be working with the following leading scientists;

Scientist Hiroshi Ishiguro at Osaka University

Professor Minoru Asada at Osaka University

Professor Hideyuki Nakanishi at Osaka University

Scientist Susumu Tachi at Keio University

Osamu Kitagawa at Real-F

I have timed my return with the release of 3 brand new un-photographed humanoids made by Scientist Hiroshi Ishiguro who has granted me full access to his laboratory. 

The funding will contribute to the following;

- Flight cost

- Accomodation

- Equipment & film

- Living costs for a period of 3 months in Japan

- Intercity travel

Please help to make this Kickstarter real! Thank you!

I really appreciate all the help and any donations you can provide! To show this I have put together a fantastic range of rewards; from my own self-published book to brand new unseen work! Take a look below for more information. 

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Have your portrait taken at a professional photography studio, in your home or at work! I have shot portraits for the Telegraph and Evening Standard magazine, and now you have the chance to get your portrait taken by me- or purchase as a gift for friends and family! Please see donations £200 & £500

Editorial portraits, Telegraph Magazine
Editorial portraits, Telegraph Magazine

The project so far has received a lot of positive press, please see below for online links.

Photomonitor / Vice / WIRED / Design Boom / The Economist Feature Shoot / BBC Radio 4 It's Nice That 

Real Face, 2012, Japan
Real Face, 2012, Japan

To see the entire series http://luisawhitton.com/Projects/WhatAboutTheHeart/

CB-2, 2012, Japan
CB-2, 2012, Japan
Geminoid F Portrait, 2012, Japan
Geminoid F Portrait, 2012, Japan
Geminoid F, 2012, Japan
Geminoid F, 2012, Japan
Geminoid HI-2, 2012, Japan
Geminoid HI-2, 2012, Japan
Affetto, 2012, Japan
Affetto, 2012, Japan
Geminoid F Portrait, 2012, Paris
Geminoid F Portrait, 2012, Paris

 Luisa Whitton was born in London in 1991. She received her BA in Photography from London College of Communication in 2013. Her work has been exhibited at the Royal Institute of Science, and as part of Magnums Top 30 Under 30, as well as around the UK and Ireland.

What About the Heart? has been published in the Telegraph magazine, British Journal of Photography, WIRED online, featured on BBC Radio 4’s Something understood, and selected as part of winning Magnums Top 30 under 30. Luisa's editorial work has been published in the Telegraph Magazine and the Evening Standard Magazine.

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Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges of this project will be the organisation of travelling and timing between laboratories on the trip, however I have organised this kind of trip twice successfully, and my access to the laboratories is full and without time limit.

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