Hello, Robot

Have you ever met a robot? From the robots we know and love, to the robot in your pocket, explore the fascinating future of robots at work, at home and in the blurring boundaries between human and machine. With new technological developments being made every day, it has never been more important to explore our relationships with robotics.” [source]

After our important beach combing mission for sea-glass with Rosie on Brought Ferry beach, we managed to fit in a visit to the Hello, Robot exhibition at V&A Dundee.

In this exhibition, I liked that it was not so much an imagining of the futuristic tech that we might experience in the future, but was an exploration into the robotics of the past and the present, and questioning what effects these machines are having on their human users. These questions being quite literal! They were displayed as big cut-out signs hanging above exhibits that were not in themselves answers, but were pieces in a puzzle to allow for us, as the viewers, to question their impact.

For me, notable exhibits included:
The illustration The 8th Sphere by Bureau d’Etudes which highlighted technological communication routes and relationships that cover the globe like a neurological network. Dotted within this network of machines is human intelligence, and where we fit in. Do we live in a world of digital or organic intelligence?
The new era of clothing in Anouk Wipprecht’s Spider Dress 2.0, which utilised sensors to allow for movable arms to extend when other people came to close to the wearer. I really like the idea of a dress that ensures you maintain your own personal space!
I think a perfect example of the futility of humans, and perhaps machines is seen in manifest by robotlab. This robotic scribe writes out 8-sentence manifests that it has drawn from it’s memory of dictionaries pertaining to art, philosophy, and technology. These manifestos are essentially word soup! To me, that is the case in a lot of human communication, especially it seems when we are trying to say important things. A lot of the time, we just don’t make any sense at all.

I think I left with more questions than answers… but perhaps that was the point!