"Processing Vision" / Toby Collett
OnLine & OnSite: Pioneer robot, video projections and web-based Flash stream
17 Nov - 10 Dec
Foyer of the General Library Building
University of Auckland
Flash stream on Window website
With an eye for spatiality, a pioneer robot with sonar mounts from the Auckland Robot Group is presented by Toby Collett, a PhD Engineering student at the University of Auckland. The robot is the product of the Group's research into robotic vision and navigation, and for the duration of the exhibition has been set the task of roaming around inside Window OnSite generating visual data that is presented on the front of the Window structure via three projections. Glazing has been applied to the glass front of Window OnSite to partially obscure our view of the robot and prioritise the images it is creating, so as to play on a gulf between its means of processing vision and ours. In addition, Window's two spaces have been networked together with data being relayed to the Window website, where a feed of the robot's spatial awareness of its physical environment is mapped within segments of Window's website.
Essay "Processing the Robot" / by Luke Duncalfe:
Like the depressed Marvin from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to Tony Oursler's screaming avatars, we recognise more of ourselves in the disorders of behaviour than in any representation of personality functioning as personality ought to. The pioneer robot by Toby Collett and the Robot Group is prone to error and lapses of judgment, and its perception is liable to exaggerate its position. Often the robot believes it has passed through a wall as its systems of response misfire ...
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