dorkbot Cardiff #17

After 5 years of hibernation dorkbot Cardiff is back!

 

Techno-artist Myles Leadbeatter suggested we revive the old beast at the occasion of his exhibition in the brand new @Shift artspace in the basement of the Capitol Centre, Cardiff UK.

 

When: Friday 8th March 7PM

Where: Shift Artspace, Capitol Centre, Queen St, Cardiff CF10 2HQ

 

Line-up, all techno artists for this one: Myles Leadbeatter who will talk about his onsite installation, Nicola Schauermann on Genetic Moo‘s collaborative project Superorganism, Simon Fenoulhet on his artwork and public commissions and me with an update of where my work is going.

 

If things go well, we are thinking of running more dorkbot sessions after this one.

 

Genetic Moo, Superorganism

 

Myles Leadbeatter’s installation mechanism

 

Simon Fenoulhet, Torch Theatre

 

Talk: What to make [techno]-art about in 2019?



From self-augmented cyborgs to deep green resistance to clever robot dogs: what to make [techno-] art about in 2019?

 

Paul Granjon is an artist interested in our relation to technology, or more precisely the co-evolution of humans and machines. He has explored the subject for 20 years, making robots, performances and participative events. Granjon’s work aims to raise questions about human augmentation, dependency, and empowerment within our fast moving techno-present. After providing a brief context to some of his key works, Granjon will present a selection of facts, artworks and speculations addressing ecology, transhumanism, artificial creatures, global data capture and share reflections about the future of art and technology practices in 2019.

 

CSAD Masters Research Seminar 10
Presented by Paul Granjon

Thu, 14 February 2019
16:00 – 17:30 GMT
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff School of Art & Design, B Block
Llandaff Campus, Western Avenue
Cardiff
CF5 2YB

Kikk Festival 2018

 

I presented on 1st November a lecture for the forthcoming Kikk Festival in Namur, Belgium. I talked about machinic life and mudpies (en Français).

Kikk, of which this was the 8th edition, is an excellent festival of “Digital and creative cultures” mixing designers, artists start-ups, thinkers, talks, exhibitions, workshop, market in a very dense weekend programme.

 

Highlights – from left to right:

 

 

Superbe, an interactive installation by Belgian collective SMing, really playable musical vocal artwork where you conduct a choir made of your voice and face, in a full size church.

 

Talk by Nelly Ben Hayoun, self-described as a Bombardment, it was indeed one of sorts. Ben Hayoun is a highly energetic experience designer / activist determined to change the world, and having a good go at it working with NASA, Seti, Noam Chomsky, WeTransfer… She is releasing soon I am (not) a monster, a documentary film about her quest for the origin of knowledge. She also runs the ambitious and alternative University of the Underground.

 

Amulet Incubator by Matthieu Zurstrassen: a machine exposes fortune cookies for 48 hours to the healing frequency of 528Hz. The cookies are then beautifully packaged and offered for sale or sent out as corporate gifts. Zurstrassen presented a talk titled “I used to be an architect, now I am feeling much better”. Apart from his magic cookies he also mentioned a self lobotomising kit aiming at defeating the predictive algorithms that increasingly spy on us by making the users unpredictable even to themselves.

 

And I must mention the final party with its totally Belgian theme Boudin Room, like a boiler room but with a butcher sharing the stage with the DJ, making and cooking sausages for the audience during the set.

 

“KIKK is an international festival of digital and creative cultures. Its interest lies in the artistic and economic implications of new technologies.” It has been running since 2011, presenting a mix of lectures, live events and installations. This year the theme was Species and Beyond.

 

Dessus de porte floral by Jean-Baptiste Robie, Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Namur

We are the robots 1978

This is the original in German, “Wir sind die roboter”. A nice bit of vintage pop video by Kraftwerk. Love the LED ties, still geeky cool 40 years on!!

Spot Mini robot dance

Boston Dynamics gets into the groove with this video of their Spot Mini quadruped, including some anthropomorphic robosexy moves that might tickle some public.

 

Another Spot Mini video, this one got more than 5 million hits since February. It is more in the Boston Dynamics tradition with a Skynet-like machine behaviour and robot abuse moments. 16000+ comments, largely about the themes mentioned above.

And The Things We Do… exhibition

After a frantic lead-up to the opening of the exhibition And The Things We Do in Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao Spain, 11 Mudbots are pushing clay balls, largely helped by humans cranking them up.

 

 

The exhibition comprises a nice selection of robotic artworks by Carolin Liebl and Nicolas Schmid-Pfähler, Mari Velonaki, Petra Gemeinboeck and Rob Saunders, Robotlab, David Bowen as well as my good old friend Combover Jo, speaking Spanish for the occasion. The exhibition runs until 16 September 2018.

 

Introduction by the curators Rosa Casado and Mike Brooks: “The exhibition brings together a selection of major and influential contemporary artworks from within the fields of social robotics, bio electronics and artificial intelligence, that will together inhabit Azkuna Zentroa’s gallery, to create an evolving ecology of interactive and adaptably performative machines. With the artists who have worked with us over the past year to realise this collective of works, we have focused on how these strangely familiar yet extraordinary robots – through their behaviours, and their endeavours to adapt and function within their environment – might both reflect and respond to our own choices and experiences. Perhaps our meetings with them might open new perspectives onto the things we ourselves choose to do and not do, to make and not make happen, as together we navigate and shape the shared spaces we live in.”

 

Robots de barro coming soon in Bilbao

Nice day in Bilbao, Spain, a preparation trip for the Prototipoak exhibition who commissioned a new robotic installation featuring Mudbots – robots de barro.

Collected mud today in the Zorrozaure island, that used to be a very active industrial hub. Heavy metal doped bacteria…

 

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