In this installation, visitors are invited to sit in the front of this machine and engage into a non-verbal dialogue with the Blind Robot. The robot delicately explores the body, mostly the face, of the visitor in a manner that recalls what the blind humans are doing to recognize a person or an object.
“In Devolution we are acknowledging the robots as machines and in doing so we are also exploring the mechanical, machine-like function of the human body. This, as well as the zoomorphic potential of bodies. By distorting the body away from an upright pedestrian orientation and challenging the Cartesian view of the body, I’we have been trying to posit humans as animals, which of course we are.” —Garry Stewart
The Tiller Girls is a group small autonomous robots (12 to 32 units). These robots were developed in Artificial Intelligence for the study of gaits given minimal freedom of movements. The robots can only balance their torsos and shoulders but they can yet achieve a large variety of expressions and behaviors.
The installation invites the viewer to experiment and establish a non-verbal dialog with a hundred of disembodied gazing eyes. An impotent machine which is forced to think, in silence, about the world lying under its multiple glances.
Biomimicry has recently been used for implementing stunning robotic architecture and behaviours. In a parallel path, genetic and generative algorithms are used to derive structures in architecture and design. Artificial Mistosis is an investigation into robotic architectures using nature itself as a generative computational engine.