Rath, Alan

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Machinery is not merely some arbitrary feature of the environment. Machinery is a central component of human culture. Just as we would not be human without language, we would not be human without machinery. Yet, many of us are alienated from machinery. This is not surprising considering the current corporate lock on machinery with its attendant subsumption to greed, exploitation, and warfare. Robotic sculptures are poetic machines which help us imagine alternate scenarios of our lives with machinery. I seek to expose the joyful, playful, erotic potential of machinery. There are other domains for machines to occupy beyond mere brawny utility.


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    2005 Rockefeller New Media Foundation Proposal
    Rath, Alan (2009-03-13T16:48:15Z)
    "Pas de Deux" consists of two autonomous, wheeled robots who dance with each other on a specially designed dance floor. Each robot is approximately two feet in diameter and five feet tall. Each robot has flexible appurtenances which flow with the dance motions. Both robots are completely autonomous. They have no attached cables. They are not remotely controlled. No attempt is made to anthropomorphize the robots. Their structures are unmistakably mechanical, yet their behaviors are enchantingly complex and beautiful.