The uncanny , links etc

July 27, 2006

Mike Kellys exhibition titled “the uncanny”


Mike Kelley and Tony Oursler, Documenta, 1997.

Michael Arnzen “The Return of the Uncanny”, , University of Oregon, Paradoxa

Sigmund Freud, “The Uncanny”

The Uncanny and the Fantastic

Books to read

Castle, Terry. The Female Thermometer: Eighteenth-Century Culture and the Invention of the Uncanny. New York: Oxford UP, 1995.

Kristeva, Julia. Strangers To Ourselves. Trans. Leon S. Roudiez. New York: Columbia UP, 1991.

Foster, Hal. Compulsive Beauty. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1993.

Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 6.2/3 (1995).


Eduardo Kac, «Uirapuru», 1999.

July 26, 2006

Uirapuru was shown from October 15 to November 28, 1999, at the InterCommunication Center (ICC), Tokyo. A flying fish hovers above a forest in the gallery, responding to local as well as Web-based commands. Audio and video from its point of view are streamed on the Web. Local and remote participants interact with the avatar of the flying fish in a virtual world. When this happens the flying fish sings in the gallery. «Pingbirds» (robotic birds) sing Amazonian bird songs in the gallery in response to the rhythm of Internet traffic. Pingbirds monitor the rhythm of the Internet by sending ping commands to a server in the Amazon. This work unites telepresence, multi-user virtual reality, and networking into a single realm of experience.


Eduardo Kac, «Uirapuru», 1999.

Cybernetic Serendipity; London, 1968.

July 26, 2006

«Cybernetic Serendipity,» and presented at the ICA in London in 1968. It was the first exhibition to attempt to demonstrate all aspects of computer-aided creative activity: art, music, poetry, dance, sculpture, animation. The principal idea was to examine the role of cybernetics in contemporary arts. The exhibition included robots, poetry, music and painting machines, as well as all sorts of works where chance was an important ingredient. It was an intellectual exercise that became a spectacular exhibition in the summer of 1968. Jasia Reichardt London 2005.


Cybernetic Serendipity; ICA, London, 1968.

Co – habitation with the evolving robots, 1999.

July 26, 2006

Jan.29 (Friday) – Mar.22 (Monday),1999, ICC Japan.

snip>this exhibition is positioned as an opportunity to consider the robot on the assumption of intercommunication of information between human beings and the robot, not stopping at one-way communication from human beings.In Japan, as is symbolized in the worlds of famous animations, people have traditionally feltrobots familiar as their neighbors who, having their own will and feelings, can exchange words with them or cause their children’s dreams to come true. Here, robots have been thought of as something like their friends that have the same eyes as their own, without being felt as anything pitted against human beings.<snip


“WABOT-2 -“ Humanoid Research Laboratory, Waseda University.

A humanoid robot that integrates all studies after WABOT-1. It talks with people naturally and plays the electric organ using both hands and feet, reading the score with its eyes. (Static exhibition)


July 23, 2006

One place i have found great info on robotic arts and music is NIME, The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, NIME is held in differnt locations every year. This year it was in France.


Sustainable: a dynamic robotic sound installation

July 21, 2006

David Birchfield, David Lorig, Kelly Phillips
Sustainable, 2004.

Sustainable is comprised of a network of robot water gongs that are linked together by water tubes that allow each tank to receive water from one upstream neighbor, and to pump water into one downstream neighbor. The network is a closed system that distributes water between the members.

Automatons by Godfried-Willem Raes

July 17, 2006

Godfried-Willem Raes, born in Gent (Europe) in 1952, is known worldwide as a “musicmaker” in the largest sense of the word. He has built robotic musical instruments of all kinds, sound sculptures and enjoys a nude performance or two, legend!