Compiling more digital kinetic mechanisms and performing robots. Check the previous post more under the tag “kinetic structure”.
[left THE SENSER, right SAM]
One of the first robotic mechanism presented as an art piece was SAM by Edward Ihnatowicz.
A moving sculpture activated by sound that reacted to presence around it. It was presented in 1968 at the “Cybernetic Serendipity" in London, one of the first (or the first) exhibition dedicated to cybernetic/interactive/computer art. (video of SAM at the exhibition here).
Some years later (1970) Ihnatowicz created a bigger version named “The Senser”.
Check here a video of “the Senser” being exhibited at the Evoluon, in Eindhoven in 1970.
[HUANG YI & KUKA, Huang Yi / BNJMN, D. Wanner & T. Purrington / PETTING ZOO, Miniform]
"Speculative robotic environment populated by artificial intelligent creatures that have been designed with the capacity to learn and explore behaviors through interaction with participants. Within this immersive installation interaction with the pets foster human curiosity, play, forging intimate exchanges that are emotive, evolving over time and enabling communication between people and their environment"
By Minimaform. More info here.
"BNJMN (pronounced Benjamin) is a mobile sensory image production mechanism. His works bring to question what it means to perceive the humanity or spirit possessed by an "artist" in the central act of creation"
By Danilo Wanner and Travis Purrington. More info here.
"We transfer physical systems into virtual ones. But what happens if this process is turned the other way around? Aerosol is an experiment, which investigates exactly this by using a particle system. The fascinating thing about a particle system is the emergent appearance.
A taut fabric surface gets formed into an undulated landscape by using a grid of 16 servo motors attached to the fabric. Due to gravitation a certain amount of small iron balls placed on top of the fabric are set in motion.”
"While observing the iron balls, you will notice individual behavior patterns in terms of the iron balls movements. There are loners racing over the fabric and running into others or there are groups separating rarely but having a strong cohesion. The material get part of the calculation."
By Florian Born. More info here.
HUANG YI & KUKA
"A duet with an industrial robot KUKA. ‘Dancing face to face with a KUKA robot is like looking at my face in a mirror. I make KUKA mimic my movements, and I learn from him, I make myself dance like a machine.'”
By Huang Yi. More info and full credits here.
"A kinetic sculpture made up of 88 fluorescent tubes; their light blocked except for a narrow slit, arranged horizontally running down the wall and onto the floor. A chain of cams run along one side to lift and lower each lamp in succession, creating a running wave along the length.
The movement of the waves will also create a slow changing drone from an organ placed nearby, creating the ominous tone reminiscent of a horror film score.”