September 7, 2007

I went to the Daniel Langlois Foundation today and was greeted by Vincent and Alexander who printed out a bibliography of robotic art references that they have in their catalogue, Nice! They have a large library collection of media artists monographs, exhibition catalogues, books, and media etc. One particular article, which stood out is Hot to Bot by Edward A. Shanken published online at NeMe.

NeMe is a non profit, non government, non sponsored, Cyprus registered association founded in November 2004. NeMe works on various platforms which focus on contemporary theories and their intersection with the arts.

Hot to Bot by Edward A. Shanken intro below

Pygmalion’s Lust, the Maharal’s Fear, and the Cyborg Future of Art

“The idea that non-living matter could be used to invoke, influence, and emulate living beings is probably as old as human life itself. Over thousands of years this concept has become deeply ingrained in the human imagination as a locus of desires and fears about the future; and about the role of art and technology in forming it. In reviewing some of this history, I shall focus on, for lack of a better term, the moral of the story; in other words, what prevailing attitudes towards robots and other surrogate beings at a certain place and time tell us about the values of that culture.”


Chico MacMurtrie’s Inflatable Bodies

May 24, 2006

Chico MacMurtrie’s Inflatable Bodies is the latest in a series of works that explore the possibilities of robotics in art. For the Experiemental Art Foundation’s Adelaide Festival of Arts exhibition, MacMurtrie constructed a series of forms resembling birds in flight. Each ‘bird’ comprises 2 thin cones, symbolising wings, with a total span of about 4 metres, suspended near shoulder height from the gallery ceiling. The birds ‘flap’ slowly, suggesting a flock of pelicans moving in single file following a curving line that is intended, MacMurtie says, to evoke the meandering Murray River.


Chico MacMurtrie, Inflatable Bodie, photo: Duke Albada

online e-journals, papers, catalogues

May 5, 2006

Townsend, M (2002). Sentient Circuitry: The Polemics of Artificial Life, Essay for the exhibition at Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre. 

Miranda, E. R. T., Vadim (2005). Musical Composition by Autonomous Robots: A Case Study with AIBO. Computer Music Research, Faculty of Technology, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom.

Kac, E. (1997). "Foundation and development of robotic art." Art Journal 56(3): 60.

Demers, L.-P. B., Vorn (1995). "Real Artificial Life as an Immersive Media."

Bollen, J. (2006). "Dance for the new century." RealTine + OnScreen 72(April / May). Reveiw of ADT;s Devolution with L.P Demers.


Anne-Marie, D. (2006). Transmediale, festival for art and digital culture berlin, Exhibition; Smile machines.

Kapur, A. (2005). A history of robotic musical instruments. University of Victoria Music Intelligence and Sound Technology Interdisciplinary Centre (MISTIC).

ISHIGURO, H. (2005). Android Science, Toward a new cross-interdisciplinary framework -. Department of Adaptive Machine Systems, Osaka University.