Regan is one of three Automatons’ from the Robotic/Puppet Installation Tantalus Synthesis.
Three robotic/puppets are electronically linked through a behavioural program that causes each puppet to “compete” for the attention of the viewer. The characters are designed based on the desire for the automaton to fulfill its purpose: to come to “life” by performing before an audience. Viewer interaction - via motion sensors - dictates the patterns of the automaton's performance.
Tantalus Synthesis was co-created by artists Shawna Reiter and Jessica Field, and was and funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.