Posts Tagged ‘roboter’

„the entertaining aspect of destruction“, 2016 @ artificial retirement group exhibition, flux factory 19.8.2016

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

the entertaining aspect of destruction, 2016

In this participating performance which involves humans and a machine the main interest is into looking at the entertaining aspects of destruction. Everybody is afraid of having an car crash, but whenever we watch a car race on television, somehow the most interesting end entertaining part happens, when a crash happens. Here in the United states there is even a culture in destroying cars during a race, the so called destruction derby, where the main goal is to be the last car driving on the race course.

There is a remote controlled toy car which is converted to contain color in different containers which will be driven against a wall, while driving thru some painted surface to visualize the path the car drove. The remote control will be passed by to visitors until the car is not able to drive anymore and is completely destroyed. A collective act of destruction.

thinking like a machine, Flux Factory, New York 20.7.2016 – 21.7.2016

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Since the beginning of the industrial revolution the human, especially the working human, has increasingly adapted to a coexistence with machines. The human has become a prosthesis for the non-organic body of the industrial factory. During early adaptation this occurred mainly on the material body, the hardware of humanity. Simple repetitive movements on the assembly line became the tasks of the workers to fulfill those duties the machine could not.

The promise was that humans of the future will not have to work, machines will lighten the load. However, the importance of ones identity being tied to her/his occupation became increasingly socially relevant.

With the invention of the computer, machines have moved away from hardware towards software; machines began to acquire a brain. In this new epoch, is it possible that human are still a prostheses of the machine? Now not only attached to the body but also an amendment to its thinking? It can seem that with the wish of creating machines that think like humans, we have also created humans that think like machines.

More and more a human defines itself by the work it does, no-matter how unnecessary or meaningless this activity is. It is often the case today that there is no need for working humans, as artificially intelligent systems can control and realize the whole cycle of industrial production. What do we do now that the human is redundant?
During the workshop participants will work with Austrian artist and Flux resident Niki Passath to create a robot from scratch. These robots will act together to become an amalgamated body, which will perform during the opening reception. The reception and exhibition will feature the robots made during the workshop.!Thinking-like-a-Machine-de-Niki-Passath/ckv5/578e8f790cf2779eabf0f9cd

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.




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