Robotic installation as part of the HKU
The theme of the festival was “no more westerns”, referring to the shift in visual cultures from western to eastern. With this installation, subtitled “the bottomfeeder doesn’t care who is on top” I tried to visualise my own opinion that political influences aren’t going to matter as much as we might think.
from the impakt blog:
The final piece of the exhibition, Control, is another large wooden box, which you have to stick your head into. Inside, a little robot with light sensors on its back is put on the floor, across which a beamer is projecting several circles of light, all colored like the flags of one of the current superpowers. Whenever one of the light circles comes over the robot, it starts following the circle, until another one comes along. In an exhibit where the political upheaval we’re facing is reflected upon in so many different ways, it’s interesting to end with an artwork that seems to suggest that politics don’t really matter in the end. Or, as maker Jochem van Grieken described it to me: “The bottom crawler doesn’t care who’s on top.”
The robot uses 6 light dependent resitors, 3 transistors, a CD 4093 cmos IC, 2 motors and a speaker. All the sensor data is used directly to feed the motors and the speaker.