Friday, October 7, 2011

Video: Robotic Home Invasion

Zwischenräume is a mechanical art installation featuring autonomous robots beating down a living room at random intervals, stopping to peer at onlookers. The robots were made by Petra Gemeinboeck and Rob Saunders in cooperation with Icy Labs of Sydney. It's like watching a horror movie in slow motion.
The installation embeds a group of autonomous robots into the walls of a gallery. They punch holes through the walls to inspect what's outside, signal each other, and conspire. As if the walls had ears and a hammer to pierce holes for their eyes to see. The work develops a political relationship between the stealthy invasion of digital surveillance and urban combat tactics in which soldiers are instructed to walk through private walls. The installation stages this relationship in the form of an autonomous sculptural process that marks and wounds our environment, leaving behind open scars.

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