Influencia Shortlisted for Robots and Avatars

Very pleased to have been informed that Influencia has been shortlisted for the Robots and Avatars touring exhibition which will take place in 2012.

View the shortlist here;

Photos of Influencia at Alpha-ville Festival 2011

Photos of the Influencia robots at Alpha-ville Festival 2011 can be viewed here and video here.

Thank you Estela Oliva, Carmen Salas, Oliva Bellas, Claire Holdsworth and to everyone that came, it was a great festival.

More information and photos can be found below;

Influencia at Alpha-ville Festival 2011

Influencia is to be exhibited at the Alpha-ville Festival 2011. From the 22-25 September the installation comprising a dozen autonomous interactive robots will be exhibited in the Innovation Space at Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, Hackney E8 3RL. Alpha-ville is a London based organisation exploring the intersection between art, technology and society. Their annual festival operates as a platform for creativity, innovation and forward thinking. This years edition presents social media and interactive art, open labs, meet ups, talks, workshops, screenings, live music, AV performances and a one day symposium on the theme of Zeitgeist, from digital to post digital culture.

Real Game of Life Project

I’m very excited to have joined Evan Raskob’s collaborative workshop, The Real Game of Life at Hackney’s Space Studios. Evan of Openlab Workshops has brought together a team of artists to realise John Conway’s classic Game of Life as a physical installation of robotic creatures.

Over the coming weeks the group shall work together at Space Studios building and programming. Using pervasive technologies such as RFID, Twitter, Arduino, digital sound and LED lighting, the collective will create an ecosystem of little machines that live, grow, reproduce, communicate and die with one another. The machines will need tending by humans (“machine husbandry”), encouraging an evolutionary process of genetic algorithms embedded in the creatures. If left alone, the creatures will die of neglect and loneliness. By interacting with this small slice of digital ecology in a public exhibition, people will be able to draw their own conclusions about our complex and interdependent relationship between technology and the “natural” world.

More information on the project can be found here and a blog documenting the progress of the project can be viewed here.

Influencia shortlisted for BIMA Awards 2010

Very excited that Influencia, an installation comprising a swarm of a dozen autonomous interactive robots developed in collaboration with Nico Antonogiannis, Anna Jansson, Coy Chen and Sunny Shao has been selected as one of the finalists for the BIMA Awards 2010.

View more here.