Exhibition » 11.12.2015 - 30.01.2016

Technics & Touch: Body-Matter-Machine

Photography by Tobias Titz.

Technics & Touch: Body-Matter-Machine brings together practitioners Charles Anderson and Jondi Keane to test the limits of human and robot proficiencies. Through a series of experimental scenarios, the project aims to explore methods of producing feedback systems through perception and action cycles. Working alongside a robot, Anderson & Keane will construct a laboratory space for programmers, performers and the public to interact; to make and to discuss approaches to embodied, expanded and autonomous intelligent systems.

The exhibition consists of two parallel events: a laboratory space in Project Room 1, where the artists will be 'in-residence', producing drawings in conjunction with the robot; and a procedural drawing exhibition in Project Room 2, where the outcomes of this human/non-human team will be exhibited alongside the work of practitioners who have been exploring rule-based drawing for some time.

Engaging humans and robots in friendly competition, this exhibition will find ways to pose questions to one another and expose what both can do well and what both can do better. One might imagine that humans excel at process adjustment, such as variation of touch relative to action already in-process and variation to another agent or material qualities. One might imagine a robot to have better precision and consistency in terms of the execution of lines in 2D and 3D space and the accurate repetition of those lines.

The tasks set for this project will reveal how the human/robot interface might be managed to expand the capabilities of both systems and propose new outcomes that humans or robots cannot accomplish on their own.

The artists will be working with the robot in Project Room 1 every Tuesday and Thursday, 1 - 4pm for the duration of the exhibition. 

Photography by Tobias Titz.

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Project Room 1 
Practitioners/performers: Charles Anderson and Jondi Keane 

Project Room 2
Works by Charles Anderson, Jane Burry, Kristof Crolla, Gwyllim Jahn, Jondi Keane, Casey Reas, Tim Schork, Roland Snooks 

Curators: Charles Anderson, Fleur Watson, Kate Rhodes 

Creative Production: Nella Themelios
Exhibition Technician: Erik North
Exhibition Assistants: Kate Riggs, Audrey Thomas-Hayes
Technical Assistants: Tim McLeod, Robert Jordan, Gavin Bell, Marcin Wojcik 

Graphic Design: Sean Hogan, Trampoline 

RMIT Architectural Robotics Lab Director: Roland Snooks
Programming and Development: Jules Rutten, Cam Newnham, Chris Ferris 

Thank you: 
Boom Studios
Professor Richard Blythe
RMIT School of Architecture & Design
RMIT Landscape Architecture Program
RMIT School Research Committee 

Please note the exhibition will be closed from 24 December 2015 - 11 January 2016.