Archive for the ‘Robotic systems’ Category

TACCLE 3 – Coding Project @ Zenodo

Monday, December 19th, 2016

TACCLE 3 coding Logo

Please find here the Zenodo Community of “TACCLE3 coding” track on “computational thinking in pre-university education” of the TEEM 2016 conference including all TEEM 2016 papers and presentations related to it, curated by Prof. Dr. Francisco José García Peñalvo, Director del Grupo GRIA, University of Salamanca

Art and Robotics Workshop at IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation Karlsruhe ICRA 13

Thursday, May 9th, 2013


art and robotics

Just a quick announcement – currently the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation ICRA 2013, organised by the Institute for Anthropomatics at KIT, takes place in Karlsruhe, Germany. On May 10 a full day workshop on Art and Robotics: Freud’s Unheimlich and the Uncanny Valley will be held at the Kongresszentrum. See here for the programme, the list of speakers can be accessed here.

The Web stream of the main conference be accessed here.


photos/source via ICRA Website at and


Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Please have a look at the below exhibition on Shared Robotics to take place from August 21th to November 29th 2009 in Odense, DK:

“RoboDays are proud to present the exhibition “Shared Robotics” at Kunsthallen Brandts in Odense from August 21th to November 29th 2009. In “Shared Robotics” two fields: robotics and contemporary art are fused.

Today robot utopias and dystopias have collapsed: Robots are neither slaves nor doomsday machines; on the contrary robots are an increasing part of our everyday lives. The exhibition “Shared Robotics” displays artworks that incorporate custom built robotics and converts industrial robots for new purposes. The exhibition seeks to show, how the actual coexistence between humans and robots can lead to creative developments.

The exhibition presents four very different art installations, each offering their take on, how the fusion of technology and art can create works that speak of our high-tech society and the technological and social implications it brings with it. For the exhibition a website has been developed:, which takes you back in time and show, how robotics in a cultural perspective has been interpreted over time. The site is presented as a multi-touch wall in the exhibition and gives the audience a chance to explore and examine the various works.

Several of the participating artists are working directly from the idea that knowledge should be shared, not locked in copyrights and patents. It allows others to develop new projects based on the artist’s original ideas without restricting their use. At the same time the visitors get the opportunity to recreate and build on the art from the manuals that can be found at the exhibition.

Sabrina Raaf, resides in Chicago and has previously worked with robotics in her art. For this exhibition she cooperates with Danish industrial robot manufacturer Gibotech A/S, based in Odense to create an installation, where one of Gibotech’s robots is reprogrammed to cut corrugated plastic in large patterns. Over time, the patterns will transform into a sculptural installation spilling out on the floor or the exhibition space, evolving through the exhibition period. Sabrina Raaf is a DIVA residency artist supported by The Danish Art Council and is therefore staying in Odense, and working at Gibotech until the opening of the exhibition. Afterwards she will be present and work on the project during the exhibition opening hours. Visit to see when.

The Danish artist collective Illutron,, show their work “N7331227” that brings an old industrial robot back to life. Using computer vision the robot has been equipped with the ability to see and have been programmed to read and reproduce the visitor’s drawings on a big wall consisting of 96 light bulbs.

The German artist Ralf Schreiber, experiments with what he calls minimal robotics. Schreiber’s contribution to the exhibition is called “Living Particles # 58” and consists of a room filled with rows of small robots hanging from the ceiling and creating an impression of life kept in a strict order.

Douglas Repetto, who resides in New York, is participating with the work “Foal”. “Foal” is a very simple mechanical robot, which in shape and movement resembles a newborn foal, staggering around trying to gain control over its legs. In the exhibition several small foals will stagger around on their uncertain legs. The artwork is an open prototype that can be built by anyone who wants to grabble with robotics and simple mechanics. In the exhibition you can also find instructions on, how to build your own foal.

About RoboDays
The exhibition is part of RoboDays Robot Festival from 10 to 12 September in Odense. RoboDays is an organization established in cooperation with RoboCluster at University of Southern Denmark and gathers knowledge about robotics in Denmark:

Shared Robotics is supported by By- og Kulturforvaltningen in the Municipality of Odense, the Arts Council, the European Regional Development Fund and RoboCluster.”

Shared Robotics
August 21th – November 29th 2009

Kunsthallen Brandts
Brandts Torv 1
DK-5000 Odense C

Photos and text via e-flux

Roboloco – Festival for Mechatronic Art and Robotics on Call

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009


Roboloco, Festival for Mechatronic Art and Robotics, to take place over 7th to 9th May 2009 in Bern, Switzerland, is on Call:

“Call for participation from artists, engineers and students
Join in with concerts, art show, workshops and talks. Share your
vision and creativity! Thursday 7th May – Saturday 9th May 2009 in the Reitschule Hall, Bern

The Festival will comprise of an exhibition, concerts, talks and
workshops on the theme of the boundaries between humans and machines. Roboloco will address questions surrounding the development of new technologies, such as the role robots play in our everyday life and will play in future changes in society.
The Festival will take place in the large hall of the Reitschule in Bern city center. The organizers are the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society together with the sponsors of the Reitschule Hall and the artists’ collective, Cycle Operant, from the French part of Switzerland.
Roboloco is a spectacle of creative technology which will provide a forum for discussions on, and at, the borders of art, science and society. From these border areas ideas for new systems may emerge. Joint artistic endeavors and the exchange of knowledge about the mechanical, electronic and informatics systems used in mechatronic art are central to the Festival programme. The Festival organizers are interested in working with local artists and engineers and in establishing links with regional and national technical universities and institutions.”

Closing date for submissions is 31st March 2009

via kirsty boyle/SPECTRE

robot seals and androids

Friday, February 29th, 2008


Animated robots and androids of today are in development. Robotic systems and robotic toys have entered the nursery rooms. Paro, a Mental Commitment Robot , is a therapeutic robot seal designed by Takanori Shibata at the Intelligent System Research Institute in Japan by the state-run National Institute of Advanced Industries and Technology (AIST) beginning in 1993 “in an attempt to reduce cognitive disorders and rising long-term medial costs” (Loving the machine).
(For further reading on Paro see here:

In this context I came across the article entitled “warning of robots” (SZ, 27 Feb. 08 ) which fits nicely into my research. We discussed the issue in the seminar looking at the introduction of the androids developed by Hiroshi Ishigro at the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at the University of Osaka. We discussed the interview with David Levy on his book “Love & Sex with Robots” looking at the question of androids and their impact on everyday life, addressing the issue of relationships between humans and robots and robots becoming partners people cohabit with.

However, watching the videos of the androids like receptionist Sara (who can express 6 emotions via facial expression and respond to questions or comments with “about seven hundred stock phrases in Japanese” (loving the machine) developed by Hiroshi Kobayashi, one gets a feel for how the future might look like – it is not only the Paros, Aibos and other robotic toys we will have to cope with, but the introduction of complex embodied conversational agents and identities.

Here are some of the videos:

(see here for the so called “Cute J-Girl Robot in Tokyo, Japan” and here for the AKIBA ROBOT FESTIVAL 2006 Actroid Female Robot

Clad actroid
Clad actroid via

Hirishi ishigro#s android

Hiroshi Ishigro’s android via

Robot Ballet

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Today my students presented the new (2006) generation of mobile LEGO Mindstorms (NXT, the follow-up of RCX micro computer).

LEGO Mindstorms NXT

The model they presented, a scorpion in action, reminded me to the one presented by Stelarc at transmediale 2007, based on insect designs for improved robot mobility. See here for the videos .
However, the images of the session are to follow.

Stelarc Robot

Here is a post delivered through Rhizome News list today:

robot ballet

“In 1924 American composer George Antheil and artist/filmmaker Fernand Léger collaborated on ‘Ballet Mécanique.’ Inspired by the ever-expanding presence of machines in modern life, the two artists reconstituted the dance form with whirring, grinding mechanical parts overseen by human guides. Although the two parts (score and film) were never married in the artists’ lifetimes, both pieces became landmarks in the their respective fields. Léger’s film has been well restored and is a notable chapter in modern art history, and ‘Ballet Mécanique’ remains Antheil’s most famous orchestration. This December, Paul Lehrman and LEMUR (League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots) will present an all-robotic version of Antheil’s score. Originally written for 16 player pianos, four bass drums, three xylophones, a tam-tam, seven electric bells, a siren, and three different-sized airplane propellers, the ‘all robot version’ replaces any and all human participation with pre-programm! ed robotic knowledge. The piece will play twice a day from December 1-11th at the Wolfsonian Museum at Florida International University, offering rhythmic and evocative respite from the Miami Art Fair shopping season. “–by Caitlin Jones

Web sitze:

via Rhizome news

Robotarium – zoo for artificial life

Friday, June 22nd, 2007


Those of you who subcribed to Net Art News at Rhizome might have seen the article of Robotarium, the first zoo of artificial life in Portugal (for Net art news scroll down the sidebar on this site).
In the text on the web site it says:

“The Robotarium X at Jardim Central, Alverca (Vila Franca de Xira), Portugal, is the first of its kind in the world.

Conceived for a public garden it is constituted by a large glass structure containing 45 robots, most powered by photovoltaic energy and a few plugged to the ceiling or to the ground.

The robots are all original, created specifically for the project, representing 14 species classified by distinct behavior strategies and body morphologies. Obstacle avoidance, movement or sunlight detection and interaction with the public are some of the robots skills.

Robotarium X, the first zoo for artificial life, approaches robots very much in the way as we are used to look at natural life. We, humans, enjoy watching and studying other life forms behavior and, sadly, also to capture them. However, in this case, although the robots are confined to a cage it can be said that, not like animals, they enjoy it. In fact the Robotarium is their ideal environment with plenty of sun, smoothness, tranquility and attention. There are no fights or aggression and the only competition is to assure a place under the sunlight.

Robotarium X is also an art work of a new kind of art that realizes a critical questioning of knowledge and culture. Notions like nature, life, the artificial, machine, art, culture and science, are challenged by this display.”

There is a videoat YouTube.


Images via the Robotarium Web site
Net art news at

Phaenomenale 2007

Sunday, January 14th, 2007


Phaenomenale 2007 – Maschinen fuer alle – is a new science & art festival which takes place in Wolfsburg. It will be held over three week ends on robots (“how do robots change our society?”), private devices/machines (“Privatmaschinen” – can we imagine our private life without such devices?) as well as on cyborgs (Is the cyborg a positive concept for the future or a nightmare?”). The programme can be accessed here.

In parallel the exhibition “Next level – Die Lust am Spiel in der Netzwerkgesellschaft” will be held in the Kunstverein Wolfsburg. The artists are: Natalie Bookchin (USA), Sebastian Grätz (D), Felix Stephan Huber (CH), JODI (NL/B), Lynne Marsh (CAN/Quebec), Moritz Mattern / Joulia Strauss (D), Antonio Riello (I), Tamiko Thiel (USA/D), Olaf Val (D), Giselind von Wurmb (D).

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“image worlds – science worlds. art and science in dialogue”

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

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The lecture series entitled “image worlds – science worlds. art and science in dialogue” will start with Christa Sommerer, professor for Interface Culture at the University of Art and Industrial Design Linz.

“On November 17th, 7 p.m., the Edith Russ Site for Media Art launches a new lecture series titled “Image worlds – Science worlds. Art and science in dialogue“ with a talk by media artist and professor for interface culture, Christa Sommerer.
The series will be continued next year with renowned representatives from the fields of science and art. The next date will be February 9th, when Peter Weibel, head of the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe will reason on “science and / as art”.

Prof. Dr. Christa Sommerer,
Media artist and professor for interface culture at the University or Art and Industrial Design Linz, Austria

Moderated by Helene von Oldenburg

Christa Sommerer’s works which are produced in collaboration with Laurent Mignonneau are placed at the threshold of art, science and technology. In her presentation Sommerer will discuss the question how real and virtual systems can be linked together. The term interface is nowadays omnipresent. It describes the feasibility to communicate with digital technologies and to generate, receive and exchange data. In her computer installations and interactive environments Sommerer concentrates on the development of these interfaces that creatively extend the human-machine interaction by digital hardware and software design and explore applications for media art and social space.”

Friday, November 17. 2006, 7 PM
Edith Russ Site for Media Art
Katharinenstr. 23
D- 26121 Oldenburg

Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst
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Cybernetics in design and research and the issue of broadcasting content in education

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Following the discussion on the IDC list as a lurker, I came across the videos by Paul Pangaro introducing the models of cybernetics, such as the Paskian environment, the cybernetic loop and, in a further step about the conversational loop which integrates the notion of the novel, the unexpected or even the extraordinary. He shows quite nicely the change of the relation of the old fashion terms of “the user” and “the designer”, which changed from using something to participation, conversation, from designer to co-designer in the context of the system of interactive environments (cp. sketch by Gordon Pask on the “Architecture of conversations” on

architecture of conversations

See the videos on

Haque Design + Research “specialises in the design and research of interactive architecture systems. Architecture is no longer considered something static and immutable; instead it is seen as dynamic, responsive and conversant. Our projects explore some of this territory. Source:

On a further level, the 2nd issue I consider interesting for education processes is in terms of the Online Learning Environment extended by self-made Web based video presentations. Not so much in terms of the medium (video), but in terms of “broadcasting yourself”, that is, to become a broadcaster, and a content provider. According to the video sharing platform YouTube (Watch, Upload, Share“) in Spring 06 there were at least around 35,000 uploads of videos a day and around 40 billion downloads. YouTube then had more than 10 billion registered users – an incredible amount of interested kids and young people who broadcast their video stuff – whatever it may be. – So, why banning video phones and iPods and the like from schools, rather than using them to develop and broastcast content (to other learners) and make pupils to become content providers? The teachers job is to moderate processes of reflection of the learning contents. The issue of broadcasting has such a potential for learning, which is currently wasted by banning the technologies from schools. In terms of supporting education processes, there are two points here. Firstly, the issue of planning, and developing content to be broadcasted (to a specific target group) and the realisation of a braodcast using the different media required, that is, selecting media for mediation, and explaining content to others. The later can be considered very high level of learning, as well as the issue of exchanging prepared materials with others to explore, discuss and learn from it.