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(HOST PRODS)
SMALL WORK FOR ROBOT
AND INSECTS
27.11.03 - 29.11.03
ULTRASOUND FESTIVAL
HUDDERSFIELD
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The robot has a neural network brain which it utilises to listen to, analyse and generate responses to the calls of insects with sequences of lights, sounds and motion. Over an indeterminate period the robot should be able to evolve a vocabulary and intelligent language, what we see is a snapshot of that process. The project is less about the successful development of a shared robot/insect language and more about the persistent attempt to achieve one in the face of indifference.

Alongside the robot and insect communication the piece is a sound installation. Throughout the duration of the piece the calls of the insects are sampled and stored into buffers in the computer which are processed in real time and added into the sonic mix.

 

Small Work for Robot and Insects was originally commissioned as part of the Breathing Space programme in 2002 and was premiered at InbetweenTime at Arnolfini, Bristol before being shown at Meanwhile, Manchester. The piece has been shown at ArtBots 2003 in New York, and Observatori in Valencia.

CREDITS

Project Design: Andy Gracie
Electronics: Gary Burns
Engineering: Alf Burns
Sound Design: Andy Gracie
Neural Network developed by Brian Lee Dae Yung of the Cenozoa Corporation, New York

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