AUSTRIA : Unnatural Selection
Ars Electronica & Novamedia
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Studio Ivanova initiated a landmark project staging for the first time an Australian Art & Science exhibition.
Researched and developed by Velonaki and collaborators at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, Fish-Bird is an interactive autokinetic artwork that investigates novel ways of communication between two robots, in the form of wheelchairs. The robots engage with each other and with their audience through movement and written text. Assisted by miniature thermal printers, the chairs write intimate letters impersonating two characters: Fish and Bird. Spectators entering their space can create a strong potential for other dialogues to occur.
The physical wheelchairs were constructed in 2004 and operated with a relatively basic motion control system driven by ‘blob tracking’ using two laser scanners. Their behaviour was purely reactive at this stage, and text was selected through the reactive system. The first prototype was premiered at Ars Electronica in 2004 as part of the Unnatural Selection exhibition.
Developed by Metraform at the RMIT Virtual Reality Centre, 'Ecstasis' is a VR project designed as a multi-user experiential installation. The visual scapes are constructs of synthetic forms creating monumental architectural scopes. It was performed live in stereo-3D at Brucknerhaus.
Curator: Alessio Cavallaro
Artists: Peter Callas, David Chesworth, Company in Space, Paula Dawson, Linda Dement, Andrew Garton, Ian Haig, Nigel Helyer, Troy Innocent, Stephen Jones, Jon McCormack, Metraform, Simon Penny, Melinda Rackham, Jeffrey Shaw, Stelarc, Symbiotica, Mari Velonaki
'Unnatural Selection' is an Ivanova initiative, produced in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Screen Australia, Arts Victoria, Australian Centre for Filed Robotics, Monash University, RMIT University, Patrick Technology & Systems, and RederWare.