with the help of
Ars Electronica Festival (Linz, Austria)
Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
concepts of NO MAN'S LAND follow the basis of our exploratory work on
invented and immersive metaphoric environments thru the utilization
of machines that produce movement, light and sound as their "living"
functions or invented metabolisms. The installation invites the viewers
to consider an invented habitat solely made for robots.
NO MAN'S LAND regroups 9 different robot species dispersed into the
whole installation site. These species are composed of more than 50
independent robot-organisms cohabiting in the space. The viewers can
walk freely around the robots, their presence being detected by a set
of 64 sensors.
Each robot specie has a distinct structure and behavior and can be seen
as a form and function relation based on their behaviors parameters:
rhythm characteristics, complexity of motions, responsiveness and imbrication
of medias. These species are:
The Herd - A group of eight long tubes flocking together.
The Attractors - A group of four swinging lights, suspended in the air.
The Parasites - A set of sixteen percussive units hook onto other machines.
The Prisoners - Two robots crawling on the floor retained by their cabling.
Colony - Eight invisible machines living in a pile of metal junk.
The Flaunted - Eight suspended machines, dripping water to flaunt their
The Scavengers - A group of scavengers fighting over a piece of metal.
The Inverted Scavengers - Same as The Scavengers but with an inverted
The Untamed - Four robots frenetically banging their cages.