FutureFest is Nesta’s weekend festival of radical ideas, compelling talks, and immersive experiences to inspire, excite and challenge perceptions of the future. The most recent festival took place in March 2015 in London.
My Robot Companion was on show with its “familiar head”. This video gives a taste of what occurred during the event, including a short segment with Alex May and HARR1.
With various exhibitions coinciding, Alex is showing work in four shows simultaneously on November 8th, 2014.
“Room 40” is a new video sculpture created for the Networked Bodies event and exhibition at Watermans in London (7th-9th November)
“The Institute of Unnecessary Research Meets The Egyptian Bioart Club” is on show at House 31 in Dubai’s Al Fahidi Cultural Quarter for ISEA 2014.
“My Robot Companion” is on show at Goldsmith’s in London as part of the Creative Machines exhibition until November 14th.
And finally, it’s the last weekend of “Shadows of Light” at The Lightbox in Woking.
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.