“The Digital Festival, an initiative of Forum Europe and its partners, is designed to provide a space in the EU capital where the impact and potential of digital technologies can be both challenged and better understood. The possibilities that digital offers up are limitless and often profound. Unleashing this potential and celebrating digital is what this festival of ideas is all about.”
HARR1 and Sequence VR will be exhibited as part of of this one day event in Brussels on June 21st, 2016.
Alex May and Anna Dumitriu will both be speaking during the event:
Genomics, Robotics and Health 13:00 – 13:45
The session will explore the ethics of social robot appearance and behaviour, and will investigate the emerging technology of whole genome sequencing of bacteria . What will it be like to live with robots and how might we challenge our expectations of our social lives with robots? What will genome sequencing mean to us personally, culturally and socially?
“This major exhibition explores the twilight world of human/machine creativity in contemporary art, including installations of video and computer art, artificial intelligence, robotics and apps by twenty-five leading artists including well-known international artists, Goldsmiths staff and students.”
Alex is also showing a new video sculpture called “Room 40” at Watermans Gallery in London as part of the Networked Bodies weekend event.
Finally, Alex will be giving a talk at Nottingham Trent University on November 14th about his Painting With Light video sculptures.
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.
The event was featured in the previews section of the Brighton Digital Festival 2014 guide.
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.
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.
The latest incarnation of the “My New Robot Companion” project is now on show at Watermans in Kew, London until the 23rd of October.
Normally, robots do not move unless they are performing a task, HARR1 (Humanoid Art Research Robot 1) is designed to fidget and move almost continuously, more like humans do.
Also HARR1 exhibits boredom. If you move around in front of HARR1, it will look at you, but if you stop moving, it will get bored and go back to aimlessly looking around the room.
“My New Robot Companion” is an ongoing collaboration between Alex May and Anna Dumitriu as part of their artistic residency with the computer science department of the University of Hertfordshire, that explores our relationship with robotics, specifically robots in the home. It was funded by the University of Hertfordshire and Arts Council England.