Posts Tagged ‘robot’

von katzen und robotern, GPLcontemporary, oktober 2014

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Mit eigens kreierten Roboterwesen bricht Niki Passath mit einem scheinbar berechenbaren technologischen System. Der Roboter bewegt sich in seiner Eigenart und reagiert auf das Umfeld. In seiner Einzig- sowie Fehlerhaftigkeit löst er bei BetrachterInnen unterschiedliche Empfindungen aus. Dank der voranschreitenden technologischen Entwicklung wird das Produzieren der lebensechten Abbilder der Natur immer einfacher. So entstehen bei Niki Passath im 3D-Druckverfahren Katzencharakterköpfe, in

und aus der Wand hin- und herausspringende Katzenkörper. Um Gefälligkeit geht es aber Niki Passath in keinem Fall. Seine Katzen-Chimeren, obgleich sie thematisch auf die altertümliche griechische Mythologie der Mensch-Tier- Mischwesen rekurrieren, deuten auf eine Möglichkeit hin, dass der künstliche und nicht immer ausschließbare fehlerhafte Eingriff in die biologische Vermehrung durchaus zu bizarren Kreationen führen kann.

painting blue traces @ art bodensee for A | B | Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

video by naoki fuku













field_notes – the tourist, infected with moss

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012


When I was participating the “Field_Notes – Cultivating Grounds” in September 2011 , I was accompagnied by one of my touristic robots. During the stay, we went on walks and enjoyed the nature and the surrounding environement.


The first walk was together with the “Body Nature” group, hosted by Marta de Menezes. We passed by a creek and a waterfall which had a unique sound.

Later in the week me and my robot went alone on the side of the nearby hill, watching the beautiful lake and enjoying the northern sunlight and the bright sky. I remember the last day of our stay when we were joined by local friends who performed a song telling the history of this lake and its surrounding landscape.



Marta showed us the incredible forms of moss and lichen during a workshop and I immediately fell in love with the phenomenal variety and amount of moss and lichens in that area.

So I experimented with it and took a lot of samples. When we went back home, we both took some of the samples with us, me in small flasks and my robot with traces of moss and lichens on its body.



Back home I tried to cultivate the moss and lichen samples on some bricks to be able to enjoy their beauty also when I am at home. In the meantime the robot stayed in a corner, waiting for another travel.

Suddenly I realized that the structure and the surface of the robot had changed. It seemed that there is something growing on it. Can it be that it has been infected with nature?



For me it had the impression that a big amount of different fungi and maybe bacteria using the robot as their habitat.

I was quite curious about this and wanted to know more. So I started to build a Incubator system which also gives nutrients to the biomass on the robot. Now I wanted to improve the growth. I also added a lamp to simulate sunlight.

Now it was possible to observe the robot and observe the infection and their increase. I took a magnifier to be able to study the details because the organisms are so small.



After some weeks of patience, observations, care-taking and optimizing the life support system, suddenly first traces of moss and lichens started to emerge. It is wonderful to see the small stars of this species of moss.

Almost the whole body is overgrown. It seems that the fungi changed to moss an lichen. The robot embodied the colors of the sub-arctic through living organisms. I wonder when the robotic part of this symbiont will disappear and only the living part can be seen.




zoe – an australian tourist – visiting lonepine koala sanctuary

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Another autonomous robot, running around in the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, Australia.
The first time that a Zoe robot encounters living animals. Here Koalas, Kangaroos, Waterdragons and a Emu.








trilobites totem 1

Thursday, January 5th, 2012



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