“We are lonely but fearful of intimacy. Digital connection and sociable robots may offer the illusion of companionship without the demand of friendship” -Sherry Turkle- “About Us” is a human-robot ritual that analyses our dependency towards technology in completing trivial tasks. The satirical approach of the video-clip is directly inspired by the masterpiece of C. Chaplin “Eating Machine”, that 80 years ago paved the way for critical thinking in robotics. The ritual consists of four separate steps, all every much inspired by my own routines. Four objects make for an evening date that begins with preparing to meet a partner, it goes on to dining and eventually smoking a cigarette and relaxing. Silly enough, the partner is a robotic arm UR10. Eventually, is the robot fulfilling the human purposes or is the technology mastering the human?
Masters Thesis project, 3 months; Developed individually, Interactive Architecture Lab, UCL, London, Uk; Supervisioned by Ruairi Glynn and Yuri Suzuki;
Human-Robot Interaction, Speculative, Performance;
. Bartlett B-Pro, September 26th 2017 @ The Bartlett, London, UK;