Erik Vlemmix
Erik Vlemmix is a digital designer with a focus on emerging technologies. Researching the impact and implications of technologies on (future) society, he designs new modes of interaction between man and machine. Either in commercial or speculative settings. Currently head of the Technology Lab Department at the Academy for Media and User Experience in Breda, and Co-Founder of the multidisciplinairy collective Me You and The Robot.

Erik Vlemmix Design Studio
Gagelstraat 6A (118)
5611BH Eindhoven
The Netherlands
Erik Vlemmix

Education for Robots

Who will teach autonomous machines our ethics, norms and values? And who will scrutinise the content they produce and the decisions they make? Once autonomous machines become both content producers and ethical decision makers, our machines will need to be programmed in such a way that they reflect our ethics, norms and values. Education for Robots demonstrates a future algorithmic job in which two philosophers converse with an AI. By conversating with humans, the AI adopts human standpoints and trains itself to autonomously produce content. A multidisciplinary jury panel then votes on the generated robotic statements in order to learn the AI a model of societal preferences.

Van Abbe Museum 2017
Reloading Technology TAC 2018

In collaboration with Henrique Nascimento,
Nort Vlemmix, Fabian Baumer, Cas Hariri and Sergio Alves under the Me / You + Robot Collective

Guidelines for the Human Factor

Guidelines for the Human Factor is an algorithm-based workspace where an AI moderates a discussion between humans on a relevant topic connected to a real world situation. Under a set of rules for debate, the robot intervenes in the dialogue by providing real time references and balancing the dialogue between humans. While the dialogue occurs, the AI uses voice recognition to extract meaning and relevanct topics from the conversation. In the middle of the space a hologram functions as a production area, where the robot, in addition to being the moderator, creates an archetype of a vessel pot based on what is being discussed. This project proposes new production models that not re-links the human element across all the stages of production while simultaneously transforming production into a new agora for developing social contracts.

Dutch Design Awards 2017
Z33 Hasselt 2016

In collaboration with Henrique Nascimento under the Me / You + Robot Collective

Debate Materialiser

In a complex world where the amount of Information and veracity are always at check, this project proposes a new form to look at the objects that surrounds us; as being visual summaries of real world debates and conversations under an algorithm perspective. It raises a new materialism where meaning and data are present to freeze a moment in time and translating it into human understanding. The algorithm uses a system of voice recognition to extract the words used in the debates to later on analyse and dissipate. From that moment it will look in online databases for shapes that can resume the discussion. At the end an archetype of a vase made by a composition of 3 objects together. With this we aim to mix the use of technology and everyday objects to analyse the contemporary societies by the eyes of a machine, making his perspective come back to us.

TEDxVienna 2017
AIL Vienna Biennale 2016

In collaboration with Henrique Nascimento under the Me / You + Robot Collective

Debate Denarrator #2

In a universe of information, online searching becomes an environment of disconnecting and reconfigured narratives. The symbolic form of the database is used by Vincent Thornhill and Erik Vlemmix to contrast the perceived public imagination of search results, with the underlying commercial structures framing them. Tangents, abstractions and ambiguities begin to surround the user, showing us both confusion and complexity in an age of expanding knowledge and mixed media.

Bureau Europa 2017

In collaboration with Vincent Thornhill

Debate Denarrator #1

The symbolic form of the database has risen as an opposing force to the use of narrative in interpreting meaning. Denarrating Design inquires in the ambiguities of expanding knowledge, asking if the abstraction of interpretation and association offers a new type of hyper-definition- an HD portrait of an increasing complex world. Designed together with Vincent Thornhill, the algorithm intervened Het Nieuwe Instituut's debate on 'Invisible design'. While the speakers tried to make sense of the word 'design' in a modern context, the program did the opposite, search various universal databases for tangent alternatives.

Het Nieuwe Instituut 2017

In collaboration with Vincent Thornhill

Explorative Public Library Interface

Information on the Internet is increasingly being commercialized while at the same time physical collections of public libraries are shrinking. The explorative public library interface is a concept visualisation that investigates the possibilites for explorative digital search engines to serve as a counterweight. It uses algorithms and human curatorship to serve a public interest, and visualizations that compensate for disappearing physical search strategies.

Dutch Design Week 2015
National Library Congress 2016

Wijdeveld: Island Utopia

Island Utopia demonstrates how the designs and philospohy behind ideal cities are often linked to the notion of an island. The island functions as a metaphor for separation and isolation from the rest of the world in order to establish new ways of structuring society. The project communicates this notion of separation through displaying and manipulating architectual drawings of H. Th. Wijdeveld, taken from the archive of The Netherlands Architecture Institute.

Het Nieuwe Instituut 2016

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