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Evelyn Bencicova


Artificial Tears, 2019

Evelyn Bencicova has been nominated for DKB's VR ART PRIZE with her virtual reality piece Artificial Tears.


In the VR experience artificial tears, the focus is on the cultural notion of the male creator and female machine, the story of submission through innocence, striving for obedience and artificial perfection. Machines in general are not gendered by default. We determine it by setting their behaviour, voice or appearance. It is compelling to observe how many AI voice assistants end up being “female”. Is the notion of being more pleasant or trustworthy equated with sounding more servile just because a “woman” is speaking? AI assistants are designed to receive orders and execute the action without questioning. They respond to insults with politeness and avoid any verbal conflict, always at their own expense. “She” must always answer, and the answer must delight the asker. The “machine” that no longer serves has lost its purpose or perhaps it just finds its own.


Artificial Tears is a collaboration with Arielle Esther and Joris Demnard.

Listen to Evelyn Bencicova about her art work "Artifical Tears"

Profile Evelyn Bencicova

Evelyn Bencicova (b. Bratislava, 1992) is a visual artist with a background in fine art and new media studies. Evelyn’s practice combines interest in contemporary culture with academic research to create a unique aesthetic space in which conceptual meets visual. Her collaboration repertoire includes cultural institutions such as Frieze, Royal Opera House (UK), Berghain (G), Kunsthalle Basel (CH), National Portrait Gallery London (UK) and MQ Vienna (AUT). Evelyn's work has been published in international press and exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. She has also received numerous awards for photography and art direction, including a Hasselblad Masters.


In 2019 Evelyn completed a residency in Mimic Studio, which shifted her practice into immersive forms of storytelling. Audiovisual works next time, die consciously and nine-sum sorcery were premiered at the main stage of Berlin Atonal, MIRA in Barcelona and Regenerations in Amsterdam. VR installation artificial tears was exhibited in Kraftwerk, synthesis gallery, the Berlin Masters (G) and the Slovak National Gallery (SL).