Sofian Audry, Stephen Kelly, Samuel St-Aubin
In collaboration with Adam Kelly
Aquatic robotic installation
Nocturne Festival 2010, Halifax, Canada

Vessels is a robotic installation consisting of large groups of autonomous water vehicles. With roughly 50 individuals in a population, the robotic agents interact with each other and their environment to form a simple ecosystem. Their collective, emergent behaviour resembles the social interactions in a community of living creatures. Observers may empathize with the robots’ behaviours, ascribe intentions and motivations to their actions, and/or draw correlations between the group dynamic and unseen characteristics of their milieu.

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Camera: Mat Dunlap, Thomas Elliot
Soundtrack: Michèle Martin (


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