Alex May was interviewed by Latest TV about his Algorithmic Photography project.
Phoenix Brighton received a Brighton Digital Festival Education Award to work with Alex May and Exploring Senses who created a two day workshop for thirty 13-19 year olds to hack toys, build a cardboard city for them to live in, create animations about them, and finally use Alex’s video mapping software to create a digital metropolis.
The workshop and final exhibition took place over the 18th and 19th of September 2015 in the main gallery of Phoenix Brighton.
Hosted by Lorenza Ippolito, in conversation with artists Alex May and Anna Dumitriu, visitors were introduced to, and interacted with, HARR1 (Humanoid Art Research Robot 1) and held a lively discussion covering a wide range of topics including robot carers and sexual partners, military funding of the technology sector, the environmental impact of robotics, and how robotics affect human employment.
HARR1 is part of the ongoing “My Robot Companion” project by Alex May and Anna Dumitriu as part of their “Visiting Research Fellow: Artist in Residence” position with the University of Hertfordshire. The project is funded by the University of Hertfordshire and Arts Council England.
Now in its third year, the Brighton Digital Festival conversation event aimed at older audiences will look at the world of robotics and consider what the future might hold for us.
How would you feel about a robot caring for you? How do you imagine a future where your relatives would be cared for by robots? Will robots aid or increase feelings of loneliness?
Join Lorenza Ippolito, Anna Dumitriu and Alex May to investigate the philosophical and practical questions behind robotics.
HARR1 (Humanoid Art Research Robot 1) is part of an art project entitled “My Robot Companion” by Anna Dumitriu and Alex May, made in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire’s Adaptive Systems Research Group.