small work for robot and insects
(andy gracie, brian lee dae yung, gary burns)
small work for robot and insects stages an attempt to establish
communication between a colony of insects (one of the most ancient of all
life forms) and a robot (rapidly becoming one of the most advanced). the
robot has a neural network brain with which it listens to, analyses and
generates responses to the calls of insects with sequences of motion,
lights and sounds. over an indeterminate period the robot and insects
should be able to evolve a vocabulary and effective language. what we see
is a snapshot of that process.
alongside the robot and cricket communication, the piece has a foundation
as a sound installation. throughout the duration of the piece the calls of
the insects are sampled and stored into buffers which are processed in
real time and added into the environment.
host productions is a vehicle for the work of uk digital artist andy
gracie and various and numerous collaborators. over the past seven years
host productions have been producing sound based installations and
performances throughout the uk in a wide range of venues, as well as
showing collaborative work in japan and australia. recently the work has
begun to involve more complex mechanical systems and notions of
communication, particularly between ostensibly different entities. future
plans involve the use of other robotic systems and moving to a sunnier
lifestyle in barcelona.
Acknowledgements: 'small work for robot and insects' is a Breathing Space
commission. Breathing Space is a revolutionary commissioning and touring
scheme initiated by Arnolfini Live in Bristol. Funded by Art Council
England's National Touring Programme.