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ROBOTRONIKA - hypermatic:automagic W1 TV Bericht
TV Bericht von Wien1 zu ROBOTRONIKA - hypermatic:automagic
von 19 - 23 June 1998 im Museumsquartier Wien

ROBOTRONIKA: Exhibition - Lectures - Roundtables - Installations - Performance - Lounge
ARCUS INTERRUPTUS: Power-feed cha-cha, hillbilly generator stomp
Barry Schwartz (20.06.1998)
Electro-mechanical Performance at ROBOTRONIKA Residenztheater location

"in o ter o rupt": "signals" sent to a computer that stops the execution of a running program so that another action-can be performed (charged performance view: high voltage currents & non-conductive transformer coolant).
Psycho/Cyber: Involuntary Body, Third Hand And Scanning Robot
Stelarc (20.06.1998)
The performance explores involuntary, improvised and programmed motion. The body's movements are actuated by a computer interfaced muscle stimulation system. 0-60 volts contract the deltoids, biceps, flexors, hamstring and calf muscles, choreographing its limb motions. At the same time the body is able to control its third hand with electrodes positioned on its unstimulated right leg. The ABB IRB 6400 robot is programmed to scan and rotate around the body, counterpointing the involuntary and improvised motion. Cameras positioned above, in front of and attached to the robot arm construct a surveillance system for the performance. Tilt sensors on the body allow it to be the video switcher and mixer. Flexor, pressure, proximity and accelerometer sensors monitor and measure finger and limb position and velocity generating an acoustical analogue of what is witnessed. The sounds of the robot motors and the third hand are amplified using contact microphones...

Telescoping Totem-pole performance
Chico MacMurtrie (20.06.1998)
The first in a series of totem-poles, to be used in creating a forest of rubber inflatables, the "Telescoping Totem-pole" is an organic robotic sculpture. It is a metaphoric representation of the human form, the sculpture denotes the various forms found in our bodies. As the sculpture grows and recedes the complexities of our internal structure are revealed.
Robots can't really be intelligent can they?
Kevin Warwick (20.06.1998)
When the computer Deep Blue beat Gary Kasparov the world chess champion at his own game, the whole question of machine intelligence raised its head again. How does machine intelligence compare with the human form? Does it matter if machines can or cannot think in the same way as humans? For any aspect of intelligence that we can measure, is there one in which a machine will never be better than a human? How important is all this?
Artificial Life through Evolution
Inman Harvey (20.06.1998)
Building artificial animals like robots is just incredibly difficult, and we have failed to produce anything as impressive as the very simplest natural creature. These natural organisms were designed through natural Darwinian evolution - so let's try and learn from this.
Many Robots Soon
Hans Moravec (20.06.1998)
Freely-roaming robots to fetch, clean and do other work have been an elusive fantasy for decades. Finally, in the 1990s, robots that understand their surroundings are beginning to prowl ordinary hallways and offices of research buildings, guided by programs using ever smaller, cheaper and more powerful computers and sensors. It will soon be possible to produce mobile robots that can do useful work in unfamiliar industrial settings. Subsequently, smaller, cheaper and better machines will begin to work in our homes.
Pygmalion Strikes Back: Stories of Robots, Love and Betrayal at the End of the Millennium
Heidi J. Figueroa Sarriera (20.06.1998)
Pygmalion, king of Cyprus and a well known misogynist nonetheless fell in love with the ivory image of a woman that he himself had carved. The ancient Greek myth tells that Aphrodite acceded to his request that she vivify his creation. Pygmalion married his now animated creation and they had a child. Through out this paper I examine some metaphors used in "popular scientific" discourses about the future of robotic that relaunch some basic mythic figures that have survived over centuries mutating at the postmodern edge. Two are the axis of this discussion : the return of the living dead and the bio-sexual politics of "the final frontier".
Cyborg Systems: Alternate, Intimate And Involuntary Experiences
Stelarc (20.06.1998)
Presentation at the ROBOTRONIKA Symposium
Wind-Up Toys: Roboticizing Gender and Race in Cinema and the Toy Store
Vivian Sobchack (20.06.1998)
ROBOTRONIKA Symposium: "Mythos Roboter. Facts and Fiction"
In both the cinema and the toy store, robots literally embody and reflect dominant (and patriarchal) culture's fantasies of technological mastery and intentional agency. Focusing on a selection of science fiction films and robotic toys, my presentation will explore the ideology of this "robotic imagination"--particularly as it has found its concrete and material embodiment in figures deemed to be "less human than human"--the animal, the child, the female, and the racialized Other.
(June 1998)
Robotronika - hypermatic:automagic presents state-of-the-art robotic products and their applications in commerce, science and art; the various forms, functions and consequences of automatization; and the works of prominent artists from the USA, Japan and Europe dealing with cybernetic systems, mechanical environments and the production of robots.
Stelarc Brigitte Ederer, Konrad Becker Brigitte Ederer, Konrad Becker Barry Schwartz Tim Boykett (l) Konrad Becker, Man-Wook Han (front right)
Robotronika Symposium
Inman Harvey | Vivian Sobchack | Stelarc | Hans Moravec | Heidi J. Figueroa Sarriera | Robert Trappl | Kevin Warwick (20.06.1998)
Robotronika Symposium: "Mythos Roboter. Facts and Fiction"


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