“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?
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.
The ever uncanny and ethically challenging “My Robot Companion: Familiar” (right) – last exhibited in this form at the V&A in London – will be on show for both days of FutureFest NESTA’s “flagship weekend of event of immersive experiences, compelling performances and radical speakers” being held at Vinopolis, London (14th-15th March). Alex will be on hand to introduce you to HARR1 (Humanoid Art Research Robot 1) on both days.
“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.
As an additional event to the Intuition and Ingenuity exhibition taking place at Hut 12 in Bletchley Park, HARR1 (Humanoid Art Research Robot 1) was exhibited alongside research robots from the University of Hertfordshire in the Bletchley Park mansion library.
Visitors were invited to “meet” the robots and the researchers and learn about the various projects currently being undertaken at UoH.
They also encountered HARR1, the ongoing art project by UoH artists in residence Alex May and Anna Dumitriu, who are visiting research fellows with the computer science department.
During the Second World War, Bletchley Park was the site of the United Kingdom’s main decryption establishment, the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), where ciphers and codes of several Axis countries were decrypted, most importantly the ciphers generated by the German Enigma and Lorenz machines.
HARR1’s view of the Bletchley Park mansion library