[dorkbotpgh-announce] R250: "Double-Taker" and "Fruit Machine"
jet at allartburns.org
Tue Jul 15 13:48:21 EDT 2008
[If anyone else has R250 related information to share, please forward it
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You might have notice that Golan hasn't been at a dorkbot pgh for the
past few months, here's what he's been up to....
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Double-Taker (Snout)" and "Fruit Machine": Friday evening July 18 at the PCA
Premieres of new artworks and performances by Golan Levin / Hilary Harp
+ Suzie Silver
This Friday evening, 7pm - 11pm at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
(6300 5th Avenue)
Golan Levin's new interactive robotic work "Double Taker (Snout)" will
premiere this Friday at 7pm at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, in
association with the Pittsburgh Biennial and Robot250, and will be
exhibited there through early August. This large, outdoor interactive
installation deals in a whimsical manner with the themes of human eye
contact, gestural choreography, subjecthood, and autonomous
surveillance. Double-Taker (Snout) consists of an eight-foot tall,
repurposed industrial robot arm, covered in a flexible reinforced-fabric
costume. This animated arm, which resembles an inchworm or elephant's
trunk, is controlled by a real-time vision-based computer system.
Double-Taker (Snout) orients itself towards passers-by, tracking them
and appearing to follow their movements. The goal of the sculpture is to
perform convincing "double-takes" at its visitors, in which it appears
to be continually surprised by the presence of its own viewers —
communicating, without words, that there is something uniquely
surprising about each of us.
More information at http://www.flong.com/projects/snout/.
Levin's 7pm opening at the PCA will be followed by a robot-themed
performance at 9pm by Hilary Harp and Suzie Silver:
"AV Lodge Presents: Fruit Machine"
Hilary Harp and Suzie Silver invite you to an evening-length media
performance combining video, sound, sculpture and live actions in a
series of humorous and erotic tableau. A parade of characters includes
a life-sized toy robot, a phalloi phaerie, and an androgynous bagpipe
player. Paying homage to the celebratory Vaudevillian variety theater
performance art of the 1980s, Fruit Machine uses strategies of camp
aesthetics to challenge hetero-normative assumptions. The overall
performance is more mutant musical or concert than play, placing a
similar emphasis on sound and image. Among the costumes and props are
wireless devices, which control video and sound in custom computer
programs created in Max/MSP/Jitter and Processing. Special guest
appearances by School of Art Professor Lowry Burgess, School of Art
alumni Drew Pavelchack, Ben Rod, Ben Bigelow, Spencer Longo, and current
student, Jack Meade .
"Fruit Machine" was a name given to a Canadian device
designed during the Cold War to ferret out homosexuals from the civil
service and the military. The subjects were made to view pornography,
and the device measured the pupils of the eyes, perspiration, and pulse
for a supposed erotic response. The word "fruit" in the title refers to
both a quirky, eccentric or queer individual and to the fecund, sex
organs of plants. "Machine" references the rather technical engineering
of the lurid and antic images.
--jet at allartburns.org
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