Technics & Touch: Body-Matter-Machine brings together practitioners Charles Anderson and Jondi Keane to test the limits of human and robot proficiencies.
Through a series of experimental scenarios, the project aims to explore methods of producing feedback systems through perception and action cycles.
Working alongside a robot, Anderson and Keane will construct a laboratory space for programmers, performers and the public to interact; to make and to discuss approaches to embodied, expanded and autonomous intelligent systems.
The RMIT Design Hub exhibition consists of two parallel events: a “live lab” located in Project Room 1, where the artists – Charles Anderson and Jondi Keane – will be ‘in-residence’ and produce drawings in conjunction with the robot.
Project Room 2 reflects upon a diverse range of works by practitioners who explore rule-based or procedural drawing that use a set of parameters to enable an idea or task to be performed.
Engaging humans and robots in friendly competition, this exhibition will find ways to pose questions to one another and expose what both can do well and what both can do better.
One might imagine that humans excel at process adjustment, such as variation of touch relative to action already in-process and variation to another agent or material qualities.
While robots may have better precision and consistency in terms of the execution of lines in 2D and 3D space and the accurate repetition of those lines
The tasks set for this project will reveal how the human/robot interface might be managed to expand the capabilities of both systems and propose new outcomes that humans or robots cannot accomplish on their own.
Importantly, the exhibition moves beyond the fetishisation of new technologies and robotic processes to deeply explore the inter-relationship between humans and robots.
It examines how designers might develop more effective interfaces to expand upon current capabilities and envisage new and progressive collaborative outcomes.
Technics & Touch responds to and extends upon Design Hub’s overarching curatorial intent to produce highly experimental exhibition environments that “perform” design ideas and invite the audience to take an active part within the research process.
Curated for Design Hub by Charles Anderson with Fleur Watson and Kate Rhodes
Graphic Design: Sean Hogan, Trampoline
Project Room 1
Practitioners/performers: Charles Anderson and Jondi Keane
Real-time robotics programming and design: RMIT Architectural Robotics Lab
Project Room 2
Works by Charles Anderson, Jane Burry, Kristof Crolla, Gwyllim Jahn, Jondi Keane, Casey Reas, Tim Schork, Roland Snooks.
The artists and curators would like to acknowledge the generous support provided by the RMIT School of Architecture and Design, the RMIT Landscape Architecture Program and the RMIT School Research Committee.
Please note: The exhibition will be closed from 24 December 2015 to 11 January 2016.
What: Technics & Touch: Body-Matter-Machine – exhibition
When: Friday 11 December 2015 to Saturday 30 January 2016
Opening Celebration: Thursday 10 December, 6pm to 8pm
Where: RMIT Design Hub, Project Rooms 1 + 2, Level , RMIT Building 100, Corner of Victoria and Swanston Streets, Carlton, 3053
Design Hub opening hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11am to 6pm; Saturday, 12 noon to 5pm; Closed Sunday, Monday
For general media enquiries: Deborah Sippitts, (03) 9925 3116 or 0429 588 869.