Guido and Am I Robot? A Case Study of Two Robotic Artworks Operating in Public Spaces
Universidade do Porto Praça Gomes Teixeira
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This article is a case study of two artworks that were commissioned for and exhibited in art venues in 2016 and 2017. The first artwork, Guido the Robot Guide, guided the visitors to an art-science exhibition, presenting the exhibits with a robot's perspective. Guido was the result of a collaboration between artists and engineers. The concept was an irreverent robot guide that could switch transparently from autonomous mode to operator control, allowing for seamless natural interaction. We examine how the project unfolded, its successes and limitations. Following on Guido, the lead artist developed the robotic installation Am I Robot? where the idea of a hybrid autonomous/remote-manual mode was implemented fully in a non-utilitarian machine that was exhibited in several art galleries. The article provides a concise contextualisation and details technical and design aspects as well as observations of visitors' interactions with the artworks. We evaluate the hybrid system's potential for creative robotics applications and identify directions for future research.
ICLI 2018 4th International Conference on Live Interfaces;
Granjon, P., Dutech, A. and Henaff, P. (2018) Guido and Am I Robot?: A case study of two robotic artworks operating in public spaces. In International Conference on Live Interfaces (ICLI 2018). 14-16 June 2018. Porto, Portugal, pp.133-150
Article published in Proceedings of International Conference on Live Interfaces (ICLI 2018): Inspiration, Performance, Emancipation available open access at http://www.liveinterfaces.org/2018/ICLI2018.pdf
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
- Artistic Research 
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