The Sandman, a short film by Rich Ragsdale

July 21, 2007

A short film done in the style of a german expressionist silent film. It is meant to illustrate Freud’s theory of “the uncanny” which is based on ETA Hoffmann’s short story “the Sandman”. It is a work in progress. The final version of this is currently making festival rounds right now, including the Short Film Corner in Cannes, and the Nashville international Film Festival.

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Yasutaro Mitsui with his own steel humanoid, early ’30s.

July 9, 2007

http://www.we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/009467.php

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Via Hugo Strikes Back (information about the picture found in Book review: Loving The Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots.)via we make money not art



Paul Granjon’s Sexed Robots 2005

July 4, 2007

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The sexed robots are autonomous wheeled platforms fitted with nylon genital organs, respectively male and female.

They are programmed to explore their environment, occasionally entering a “in heat” mode, where they will try and locate a partner in the same state. If a partner is located, the robots will attempt to mate.

The Sexed robots were commissioned for the exhibition Somewhere else, Welsh pavilion, Venice Biennale 2005.

http://www.zprod.org/PG/machines/sexedRobots.htm