Original proposal

March 4, 2006


Wade Marynowsky; Proposed Research; ‘Autonomous Mutations’

Autonomous Mutations, evaluates key artwork from the history and theory of Robotic Art. This research will inform and assist in the development of new works within this exciting emergent field. The research includes creative development and documentation of new installation and performance artworks using robotics, sound, light, video, computers and ‘live’ sensor input. Works will begin small, as formal experiments between the artificial and the organic, developing into large – scale installation / performance artworks, which have delicate and intimate organic behaviours. During the DCA I will have at least three solo shows and in galleries and festivals and at least 3 audio / visual performances.

The thesis will include a survey of robotic artworks that pursue and question paradoxical research on Artificial Life (and Death) through work based on the aesthetics of artificial behaviors and emergent systems. Particular focus will be placed on works, which draw on the principle of destruction, (including Jean Tinguely’s ‘Homage to New York’ 1960) suggesting dysfunctional, absurd and deviant behaviors through machines, (No Man’s Land 1996; Bill Vorn, Louis Phillippe Demers) Also art works, which meld natural and robotic eco systems such as Ken Rinaldo’s ‘Autopoiesis’ 2000 and technologic / Biological artwork such as Symbiotica’s ‘Fish and Chips’ 2001. Other works, which have influenced my decision to pursue Robotic Art were programmed by myself as a co-director of the Electrofringe media arts festival in 2004. They will be reviewed under the sub heading; Musical robots; For example Eric Singer’s League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots and CeLL; a MIDI controlled pneumatic orchestra, a self playing installation mounted in a 6m shipping container. The thesis will also explain my own body of work made during the DCA in relation to contemporary professional Robotic Art practice.

The research will explore the confluence and coevolution of organic and technological cultures. The work is fascinated and encouraged by human kinds struggle to evolve technological systems that are modeled from our current conceptions of the natural. Whilst realizing that the romantic notion of the natural is no longer pristine, but a world out of balance, and a space polluted with electromagnetic transmissions and digital networks introduced by communication-obsessed humans.

I believe it is imperative that technological systems develop a sensitive ecology modeled on the principles of living systems, so they will inherently fuse to permit an interdependent sustainable relationship. To do this I will be looking at alternative energy systems such as solar and wind powered energy systems.

Close attention and research will be made via online and print computer music journals, scientific, robotics and art journals. I will be applying for government grants and seeking collaborators and knowledge from other experienced academic practitioners. I believe this research will allow me to create innovative, sustainable robotic artwork that explores emergent natural behaviours.
Proposed Bibliography.

Brooks R., “New Approaches to
Robotics”, Science, No. 253, 1991.

Craig J., “Introduction to Robotics”,
Addison-Wesley, 1989.

DeMarinis P., Laetitia Sonami,
“Mechanization Takes Command –
Verses from Giedion’s Bible”, in “Out
of Control”, Ars Electronica, Linz,

Demers L.P., “Interactive and Live
Accompaniment Lighting for Dance”,
Proc. of the Conf. on Dance &
Technology, Vancouver, 1992.

Hulten P., “Jean Tinguely: a Magic
stronger than Death”, Abbeville Press
Pub., New York, 1987.

Robillard Y., “The Function of Kinetic,
Art”, Espace, Winter 1994.

Kelly K., “Out of Control: the Rise of the
Neo-Biological Civilization”,Addison-
Wesley Publishing Company,
Reading, Massachusetts, 1994.

Jones J, Flynn A., “Mobile Robots:
Inspiration to Implementation”, AK
Peters, Wellesley, MA, 1993.

Prince P. D., “Interacting with Machine
Culture”, in IEEE Computer Graphics
and Applications, Sept. 1993.