Tokyo gallery showcases robots as art (photos)
Robot arm cameras
Robot arm cameras hang from the ceiling in Mikami Seiko's dizzying installation "Desire of Codes," now showing at the NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC) in Tokyo.
The large installation consists of 6 cameras on robot arms and 90 wall-mounted moving sensors (of which 15 are mini-cameras) that respond to the presence of visitors and move toward them somewhat like a swarm of mosquitoes.
"Desire of Codes"
Computer behind the artwork
This display outside the entrance to Mikami Seiko's "Desire of Codes" represents what the computer behind the artwork is doing. The graphic blocks represent video shot inside and outside the installation, and you can see the algorithm in real time selecting which ones to project.
"Desire of Codes" runs through December 12 at ICC in Tokyo and will then travel around the world.
Included in the recently opened "Open Space 2011" show at the ICC gallery is David Bowen's "Tele-present water," a robotic work that conveys the actual flow of waves in lakes and oceans. A overhead pulley system that suspends a moving mesh recreates the g-forces and acceleration of wave patterns. The work is like a giant marionette portraying water.
Depending on the actual weather at the sensor location, the grid can be calm or rough. It won't make you seasick, though.
"Sonar Drawing Device"
Bowen's "Sonar Drawing Device," from 2003, draws with a wax crayon based on data from its sonar detector, which picks up people and objects in the immediate vicinity.
Each of these robo-drawings is unique to the time and place where it's being exhibited.
"Phototropic Drawing Device"
Although not robotic, Yusuke Shigeta's "Pixel Forest" is a very amusing part of "Open Space 2011" at ICC. It's basically a darkened room with two ceiling projectors streaming '80s-style game graphics onto the floor. Visitors pick up books full of blank pages and hold them up to see a low-res fairy tale unfolding. There are knights marching about, demons jumping around, and even a Gulliver tied to the ground.
"Open Space 2011" runs through March 18, 2012 at NTT InterCommunication Center in Tokyo.