Robotis Personae

22 January - 11 February 2015

  • Vernissage: 22 January 2015, 18:00
  • Artist Talk: 29 January 2015
  • SOFIAN AUDRY
  • SAMUEL ST-AUBIN
  • STEPHEN KELLY
  • BEATRIZ HERRERA

Robotis Personae is an invitation to explore robotic and organic ecosystems.

It is a reflection on today’s collective spirit and the profound nature of interactions happening within it, where technological objects are increasingly important. This exhibit is an open-ended question about those paradoxes that exist between the automatic and the organic, the rational and the irrational, determinism and free will, not to mention the conviction that these opposing aspects are perhaps also closely intertwined in both the human heart and the robotic circuit.


Created by Audry, St-Aubin, and Kelly, Vessels :: Intro is an installation made up of autonomous, aquatic robots. The ways in which the robots act as a whole, their collective behaviour, reveals features of their environment. Without the robotic activity, a sum of many parts, these environmental factors would just as well remain hidden, impalpable to us, the spectator. And yet, these phenomena, put in evidence by the robotic counterpart, are very real and have a direct effect on our bodies and minds.


Humo, Leche y Miel (Smoke, Milk and Honey) is a kinetic installation made up of robots with sculptural aspects, creatures seeking mechanical thrills in organic pseudo-costumes. They are technical at their core, yet certain aspects deliberately appear handmade. Considering their most robotic instincts and the way they are programmed to behave, Herrera's robots are endowed with a distinctly biological aspect, which highlights a dichotomy between the 'rational' structure behind organized functioning and their haphazard, unpredictable dimension.


Finally, Robotis Personae is a re-appropriation and a reaffirmation of poetic dimensions: the works exhibited broaden perspectives and metaphors, reveal the invisible, uncover uncertainties and gratuitous beauties. In this exhibit, the robots created by Sofian Audry, Samuel St-Aubin and Stephen Kelly, and Beatriz Herrera will work together to weave a narrative. They will interact with each other and with their environment to create a performance piece in two acts, on the basis of a carefully plotted script, but also, as one might expect, the random and the improvised.

Free

22 January - 11 February 2015

  • Vernissage: 22 January 2015, 18:00
  • Artist Talk: 29 January 2015