Ballettikka Internettikka Insecttikka
by Igor Štromajer and Brane Zorman
Saturday, 29 May 2010 at 22:00 (Amsterdam/Berlin/Paris Local Time)
Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam
Live Internet Broadcast
- authors and performers: Igor Štromajer & Brane Zorman
- theoretical adviser: Bojana Kunst
- live sound (manipulated and performed) by MC Brane Vs BeitThron
- live video edited by Igor Štromajer
Co-produced by the Netherlands Media Art Institute (Nederlands Instituut Voor Mediakunst), Amsterdam (nimk.nl), Intima Virtual Base – Institute for Contemporary Arts (intima.org) and Cona Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia (cona.si), May 2010.
Into the Port of Hamburg, the authors released two micro robotic bugs: two autonomous artificial toy insects, equipped with mechanical and electronic sensors and with two wireless waterproof night vision micro spy-cameras, let loose to commit a parallel suicide (the third bug observed the situation from a distance). Both of the robotic bugs were programmed only to commit suicide – at the same time – but not how to do it. Their intelligent decision-making electronic system allowed them to select the method of their simultaneous death. Monitor the robotic bugs' path to death, and their final decision. How did the robotic insects decide to die? Autonomously or politically?