CultureRobot 2.0 installation is open for viewers at SESC Sao Jose dos Campos during month of February. Installation depicts 7 points that have been represented by edited video and sound of this locations. Points have been chosen out of manyÂ that were depicted by workshop participants to present an overview of SJC urban, cultural and everyday social structure and landscape. Audio and video material was collected by participants, Ricardo Palmieri and Kruno Jost and final editing was done by Kruno Jost.
CR 2.0 had updates in software and hardware applications in both interactivity and in creation of robots. WII controller was hacked for position tracking of the robots. PD patches were updated to incorporate audio visual representations of the locations and new design in robots was introduced to create less chance for them to entangle into each other.
WII controller and its positioning next to the projector on the ceiling of the installation space.
New bettleboot design with recycled material, upper and bottom side and from inside.
New map inhabitants were also robots made by young people attending robot making workshops. Both robots and maps were intriguingÂ younger and older audience.
Installation needed calibrating and it went trough couple of stages of production to fit place and its surrounding in best possible way.
During the workshop days in SESC SJC participants showed a great interest in personal narrative while obtaining and creating material for impending CultureRobot installation. Appealing content was aggregated during the five days when they were making research based on presentation that displayed mapping process trough geographical mapping, mind mapping, time mapping and projects that map social, political and power relations.
Participants created maps based on their own interests. An example is mapping the water and city relations. Urbanism, water flow, street flow, underground water reservoirs and approach to communal water, abandoned water towers, rivers and bridges were investigated. This part of workshop ended resulting in drown, video and photo documentation.
An interesting image was created by one of the workshop participants depictingthe way from her home to SESC workshop only by ussing colors and shapes.
Joined map was created by inserting each of the participant map into city map, where pins and threads were used to investigate participants movement within the city as well as relation of themselves trough this movement. Maps were than replicated in digital form using googlemaps technologies and collaborative map was created. Participants were also introduced to the GPS technology that was used to mark some of city points by its latitude and longitude.
Culture exchange program has made it possible for Kruno JoÅ¡t and Ricardo Palmieri to present installation CultureRobot at festival HAIP 08.
CultureRobot is participatory interactive installation that raises awareness of social and political sphere that is affecting autonomous cultural sphere in Ljubljana.
“The HAIP Festival puts on display multimedia art forms resulting from creative use of open technologies and the freedom of artistic expressions in open-source media. It presents works of the young, promising artists and creative engineers on international level, who specialize in top-notch, open-standards-supported arts and multimedia art practices. The festival features individuals and groups with a critical approach towards the technologies that surround us and shape our everyday environment.” (from http://www.haip.cc/)
From 27th to 31th of October final preparations of the installation has been made. Steps were:
1. Making of the Robots (recycled material for small robots)
2. Tracking the Robots (Open CV with hacked webcam for infrared detection)
3. Filtering the Robots data (positioning in PD)
4. Image of the Map (interactive)
This are the tools and recycled material used to make a robot
First we had to test electronical circuit that will power electro motors.
This is how the elements are supposed to be glued on the body of the robot – the old DVD.
To help stabilizing the wheels we used old metal plates. We glued wheels on metal plates. Wheels are made with rubber material found in pipe repair store.
Everything was glued on the top of the CD and circuit was connected based on the scheme.
Robot antenas that will on contact shut down one of the motors thus making robot turn in one direction were glued (later soldered) to electronic switches.
We fitted caps made from plastic bottles trying to prevent robots to hook each other with antennas.
This is the movie of robot movement
To help us work we visited local TV and radio repair shop and collected old remote controls that were disassembled and led diodes were taken out.
Led diodes are glued on the top of each robot.
Old web cam was hacked by inserting found developed slide film. This will filter out all unwanted infrared light and show only led diode light on the back of our robots.
Pure Data (open source software for multimedia interactivity) patch for detecting robot movements looks like this.
Collaborative map was developed during past months with artist and cultural workers from Ljubljana. Map is representing cultural points in center of Ljubljana. This map will continue to aggregate data on suggestions of the HAIP festival visitors.
This is PD patch that calibrates specific location on the map with the coordinates of the robot. It will detect when robot is on the coordinate thus creating visuals on the projected screen.
Activities of the robots are seen on the map by changing colors.
USP is one of the biggest universities in Brazil besides UNICAMP in Campinas (both in Sao Paulo state). USP is established 1934. hosting more than 70 000 students and covers the area of 76 799 555 m2 with 4 museums and 4 hospitals. Here is the map >>
I was invited to give a lecture on artistic production in GentleJunk collective and to talk about art and culture in general at Escola de ComunicaÃ§Ã£o e Artes – ECA (School for Communication and Arts) on Friday 25th of April. As students were mainly from department of sculpturing, their professor and my host, Mario Ramiro invited me to present Circuit Bending as a way of handling electronic devices as objects. Discussion and lecture went on to many different questions including free culture, free media and ways of artistic production today.
City of Sao Pulo recently introduced the law of ‘visual pollution’ banning billboards from the streets. It was discussed that every billboard can distract driver for 15 meters, causing great risks in traffic.
So, what is other place where lots of people travel and have enough time to consume commercials? Well, its metro. Metro cars have small screens with non stop video commercials.
Here you can also here an audio drive-trough one of the stations of LINHA VERDE (green line) at Sao Paulo metro.
EspaÃ§o Y (Estilingue) is independent space that is orginized at the principle of volontary collaborative work in the new media culture as well as social activities. It is located in a building with a long history of community activities, that was aboundened at the time of dictatorship. At present commercial acctivities are mainly reserved for ground floors, while upper floors are preety much empty.
Estrilingue is space that is accepting proposals for different workshops that can help community gatthered around it, but also broather community of people that are in and around the building. A series of cinema evenings are organized, as well as other activities.
‘Upgrade! is an international, emerging network of autonomous nodes united by art, technology, and a commitment to bridging cultural divides. Its decentralized, non-hierarchical structure ensures that Upgrade! (i) operates according to local interests and their available resources; and (ii) reflects current creative engagement with cutting edge technologies. While individual nodes present new media projects, engage in informal critique, and foster dialogue and collaboration between individual artists, Upgrade! International functions as an online, global network that gathers annually in different cities to meet one another, showcase local art, and work on the agenda for the following year.’
Disscusions on further tactics and strategic planing are held in the middle of exhibition showing jewellery of recycled plastic bottles.
Rio is one of the biggest cities in the south east region of Brasil. It is famous for its carnival, turism and sex turism, drug trade and notorious for Favelas, nebourhoods ussualy controlled by it’s own police and laws.