interactive robotic art installation by
Montréal (Québec) Canada
with the help of
Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
RED LIGHT is an
interactive robotic environment which aims to question, reformulate
and subvert the notions of behavior, projection and empathy that usually
characterize the relationship between human beings and machines. Red
Light is a following in my artistic practice about creating artificial
worlds. This project evokes a certain "deviance of the machines"
as it would exist in the hottest areas of a fictive world populated
exclusively by these cybernetic creatures. This installation project
also explores techniques and technologies related to parallel robotics
and to pneumatics with the construction of home-made pneumatic muscles.
Eight machines react to the presence of viewers by generating sound
and light and by moving their body in a very organic but unusual way.
Each robot is an assembly of four segments joined by twelve McKibben
actuators (air muscles). Six machines are hanging from the ceiling and
two machines are convulsing on the floor.
The artificial characters in the Red Light environment are complex machines
that could generate a wide number of possible behaviors. These behaviors
are also adaptive in response to what the machines perceive and the
way viewers decide to interact with them: by touching the robots, by
moving around them, by simply standing in front of these untamed tentacles.
The title of this installation project evokes a particular situation/context
where the actors are expressing themselves through unpredictable behaviors
that may seem completely wild or crazy, where the interpretation of
these behaviors may even lead to believe in their own true existence.
Red Light is a place where the human qualities of the machine and the
machinic nature of man are intermixed and become blurred.
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From January 22 to March 23, 2014
Wood Street Galleries
From April 29 to June 19, 2011
October 2 to 23, 2010
From January 11 to February 9, 2007