“100 Years of Robot Art and Science in the Bay Area”


This will be an amazing one-of-a-kind only in San Francisco event. I will have two robots for the audience, fellow robotictsts and a premiere cast scholars to operate. Thanks Ken Goldberg and Kevin Kevin B. Chenhttp://deyoung.famsf.org/calendar/friday-nights-de-young-25

De Young show

If you’re in the Bay Area Friday night, 20 Nov, please join us at the de Young Museum Theater, San Francisco for a free-ranging discussion of “100 Years of Robot Art and Science in the Bay Area”

6:30-8:45pm,
Co-Sponsored by the UC CITRIS “People and Robots” Initiative

5:00pm, Doors Open for Friday Nights at the de Young museum with free
admission, live music, cash bar, cafe, kids welcome.

The discussion in the main theater is in conjunction with the de Young’s
exhibition honoring the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-Pacific
International Exposition. It’s organized by Kevin Chen from the de
Young in collaboration with Ken Goldberg from UC Berkeley and
Alexander Rose from The Long Now Foundation and will feature in the
Theater a series of 10-minute conversations between local artists,
researchers, writers, and curators, with artist Jenny Odell as “visual
jockey” providing live images as participants discuss robots, art, and
science from historical and contemporary perspectives: including Pieter Abbeell, Catharine Clark, Ken Goldberg, Karen Marcelo, John
John Markoff, Josette Melchor, David Pescovitz, Zander Alexander Rose, Tim
Roseborough, Dorothy Santos, Kal Spelletich, Terry Winograd

 

Iam thinking about: Talk for De Young 11/2015

Questions:
Feminism!
How to get more women involved?
How to support artists working in this vein?
Are you getting support from the new technologists?

Directions in kinetic sculpture by Peter Selz at the Berkely Museum.

I am thinking about the beginnings of the SF robot scene for me, working with SRL and how doing something aggressive, getting confidence from people who didn’t like what we were doing.

What I like about Bay Area art robotics work and something I always aspire towards is some sort of randomness/unpredictability, an unknown. Where robots and machines do what they want/a lack of control.The machines have their own personality that we can’t totally control. Of course industry doesn’t do this. The uncanny valley as unpredictableness & impracticalness. Tech that does not fulfill traditional capitalist expectations. To never build something “useful”.

We wanted to do something that is uniquely ours, American, part of this new culture, technology hacked. Application-less engineering, we were never going to build a vacuum robot, or something that cleans the window, one must be an outlier/renegade, working from the edge not from the inside.

MY WORK;
The juxtaposition of opposites -Humans wearing robots/interfacing directly with them/tree robots.
Technology that can manipulate emotions.
Interactive art is a catalyst towards an engaged life.
Interactivity play and fear as a metaphor for engaging with society.
Making work that honors and critiques technology at the same time.

Interfacing humans and machines into hybrid systems.
When the robots take over, the only advantage humans will have is creativity. Program what you will into a robot: emotional response, basic problem solving, artificial intelligence whatever- how can anyone program divergent thinking?  Or empathy.
So, when the robots take over because they are more efficient and immortal- the only thing we’ll be able to leverage against them will be our creativity. Therefore:
Salvation = Creativity

An attempt to clarify the fundamental notions by which people
understand the world, e.g., existence, objects and their properties,
space and time, cause and effect, possibility. A central branch of
metaphysics is ontology, the investigation into the basic categories
of being and how they relate to each other.

Sensors that respond to ones individuality, they aren’t programmed.
Can machine robots convey their audiences personality/emotions?
Making consciousness manifested physically.
Giving the sculptures an awareness.
To build right thinking machines.
To HAVE SOME FUN AND leave the planet a little weirder.

The old growth forest of art in the bay area is being clear cut
It is like a garden, you don’t only just grow vegetables, you grow some flowers, and BOTH need nutrition and support.

~ by kaltek on November 9, 2015.

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