Pedro Lopes

My studio is my workshop, the place where things get built. This one was my office as a PhD student at HPI. I called this place “the ewok” because it abbreviates “electronic workshop” so well. I am building my new workshop right now and it is really exciting, but this one will be around 7000 km away from my old one.

What I do in one sentence: I explore how humans and machines might interconnect more harmoniously in the future.

Why I didn’t get a proper job: As a matter of fact, I never held a job contract prior to 2019. I guess I’ve been a student for ever, and that’s pretty much how I like it, to live in constant flux of facing unknown situations and learning how to approach and experience these.

An artwork I dream of and I would get accomplished if space, time and money were abundant: I have this idea for a critique on the automation of everything that might need a few of these expensive self-driving cars. This is a kind of deeper version of

Artists, I have on my watch list (and why): Stelarc, Julian Oliver and Daito Manabe are the three contemporary artists that I keep following with utmost care and attention. The list of artists that, unfortunately, passed away would be too exhaustive but the two people that I devote most of my waking life to are Robert Ashley and David Forster Wallace.

I am afraid of the meaning of life; but it is this “curiosity killed the cat” sort of affair. I am deeply afraid of it while simultaneously devour any human attempt at cracking this mystery, from the absolute beauty of quantum-physics and cosmology to the metaphysics of free will.

How I want to be buried resp. words I want to be written on my tombstone: