CNR 2012: Exhibition: RoboThespian (GRB)

Modern life is defined by humanity's love/hate relationship with its technological creations. It's in our nature to see life, personality and intention where none exists. I curse my computer when its software crashes, and thump my radio as it drifts off tune. These devices are not sorry for what they've done, they feel no pain. Yet I can't help feeling that they do. RoboThespian exploits the human desire to see life everywhere, it is an anthropomorphic machine, a dot on the graph that starts with automata, and will end when we are no longer able to distinguish the living from the mechanised.

RoboThespian demonstrates that utility is not a prerequisite for existence, a concept familiar to the artist but alien to the engineer. 'Necessity is the mother of invention', a received wisdom, but necessity is not the mother of this invention, I doubt they are even related at all.

In this sense RoboThespian is a medium like theatre, but more akin to cinema and television. It automates and removes actual human interaction and replaces it with a mechanical analogue of humanity. Being fully interactive, multilingual, and user friendly, it can communicate and entertain in a way that few people have experienced before.

Is RoboThespian a glimpse of a forthcoming technological utopia, or a dire warning of what may come to be? It is trivial, yet it touches on some profound questions that confront us all. At the very least it's hugely entertaining.

Engineered Arts Ltd.

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Cafe Neu Romance 2012:

Cafe Neu Romance - RoboThespian

Engineered Arts Ltd. is the creator of Robothespian.

(the time and place will be announced later on).

Galerie NTK
Technická 6
16080 Prague.