Do Robots Dream Of Spring?

Do Robots Dream Of Spring?
Arts & Culture

New media artist Ken Rinaldo's exhibition explores communication between different species.

Naresh Kumar
  • 22 september 2010

The Swiss Museum of Science Fiction is hosting a new exhibition called Do Robots Dream of Spring? by artist Ken Rinaldo. The exhibition highlights his expertise in creating media art installations that explore the integration and confluence of natural and technological systems.

One of his standout projects at the exhibition was Autopoiesis, a series of robotic sound sculptures that use sensors to interact with the public and change their behaviors based on the presence of the visitors and the communication between the sculptures themselves.

As Ken explains on his site:

This series of robotic sculptures talk with each other through a hardwired network and audible telephone tones, which are a musical language for the group.

Autopoiesis is “self making”, a characteristic of all living systems. This characteristic of living systems was defined and refined by Francisco Varella and Humberto Maturana. Each sculpture also generates bit strings of information as algorithms using an internal numerical randomizer. These randomizers effect overall sculptural form and the evolution of the sound environment. Additionally, the tones are a musical language that allows individual robotic sculptures to communicate and give the viewer a sense of the emotional state of the sculptural elements as they interact.

Ken Rinaldo

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