Frankenstein Robotics Opening

frankw.jpgThere’s a pretty exciting robotic art show opening at two venues wednesday at Rx Gallery *and* BOCA: Frankenstein Theory and Robotics: A survey of Frankensteinian Robotics, Kinetic and New Media art. Snip: “Like the scientist mixing two chemicals in a test tube and observing a reaction, or the Golem, these artists are taking disparate found objects and making them come alive, move and react to you. This exhibit features highly elaborate machines and robots that are purposefully non-functional.”

There’s nothing I love more than an impractical robot. I don’t think it’ll be as reactionary (or dangerous) as an SRL show, but there are a few SRL alum involved with the robots (like current member Michael Shiloh and former member Christian Ristow), and the lineup is impressive — also including Michael Braida, DOYLE, Jonathan Foote, Justin Gray, Dan Grayber, Heather, Kal Spelletich, Christina Sporrong and Shannon Wright. (Unfortunately the publicity is unclear about whose work will be where — it’s a kinetic art crapshoot! But at least both galleries are walking distance from each other.) Details:

Opening reception: wednesday, June 14 6pm – 10pm, Rx Gallery and BOCA; both venues 21 and over only, free admission
Show runs until July 15
This event is not to be confused with *next* wednesday’s Dorkbot, which will also be at Rx Gallery and featuring a few artists from the show. (Also this wednesday there’s the Diggnation anniversary show at the beautful and scenic Beach Chalet Brewery.)

Michael Shiloh is inviting anyone (and everyone!) to ssh into his robot (at the BOCA location) and write programs to play with it. Full details are after the jump!

Metarecursiveclusterfuck update: Scott Beale blogged it too with a pwetty picture!

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(From Michael’s email — he also said that anyone with questions can email him:

Simple instructions are:

ssh -l robot, password robot
cd src
ls *.src to see current programs
copy one of the source files to create your own (cp skeleton.src myname.src)
compile your program (make myname)
run your program (./myname)

More complete instructions are at

Secondly, I could use your comments and suggestions:

1) What autonamous robot activity would make this interesting to a person viewing the robot in a gallery?

2) What additional sensors or other accessories would make it easier for a remote person to write a program to create this activity?

Finally, I’ve set up a mailing list for more in-depth discussion. Join by visiting

The robot may be down a bit during installation but I’ll try to keep the wiki up to date with expected down time.

3 Comments so far

  1. Rubin110 (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 11:56 am

    The little guy in the photo is Darwin, he’s THERM‘s fire on wheels. Around here are some photos I took of him a few weeks ago.

  2. violet (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 12:02 pm

    awesome — thanks for ID’ing the photo! I grabbed it from BOCA’s site and there was no explanation or link… :)

  3. nicoles (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 2:57 pm

    Darwin’s so cuuute! Look at ‘im all up on a pedestal and stuff.

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