10 weeks (last two weeks of the semester are reserved for finishing, dealing with lose ends and unexpected problems, making the documentation website, and preparing the piece for the show)
week 1(by Feb 9) Have Reliable Xbee communication between website and “body” the last run failed after the first few commands were sent. Determine what kind of interaction design should occur between user and body
week 2(by Feb 16) Design and start amassing parts for “body”, should it be able to walk, should it be modular, a space, I don’t know
week 3(by Feb 23) Make trial run (maybe send it to canada and use it to play with sister, or give it to Ben)
week 4(by March 2)revisions/reiteration
week 5(by March 9) one more exchange/test
week 6(by March 16) time to order new/more parts if necessary, change control interface if necessary
week 7(by March 23)next test
week 8(by March 30)recap, re-assesment
week 9(by April 6)build up the project again
week 10(by April 13)document/source code
(my dates don’t seem to coincide with the academic calendar, I don’t care enough to fix them, earlier is better)
The three projects that I feel are successful that are related to mine are the first three slides.
The first slide is a scene from the movie “surrogates” which while being a product of the holywood machine, does have it’s successes. I particularly liked one part in the movie when the antagonist went clubbing in the body of a 20 year old british pop star looking body and met a woman, who was kindof a typical holywood blonde. They liberally flung themselves (or maybe just one of them did), off the side of a building to no harm. They turned into an alley way, and right before the fateful moment of coitus, they were murdered. The young man turned out to be a wheel chair bound decrepit, and the blonde was a clinically overweight man.
It was nice in that the characters were engaging each other as androids and also as the characters in human society that they were representing. Of course the scene was super successful because it was actually played by a sultry hollywood blonde and a young man that looks like a british pop star. Which is further amusing on account of all the recursion, us dealing with actors in the first place and so on.
The second slide is of Golan Levin’s Opto Isolator and Double Take. These robots are following an algorithm that dictates their actions, but they have incredible personality and character. Even of they were commandeered by any stranger they would still be very much driven by the nature of their bodies. And that is one of the aspects of this project that is driving me most, the desire to experience, no matter how remotely, existence in another body,
Next is Adrianne Wortzel’s Kiru from Camouflage Town. Her work centers around robotics and theater. This makes it particularly interesting in that she works on developing specific characters. People from the internet could control Kiru and engage with visitors in the museum, but only through his voice, and body.
The rest of the images are aesthetic inspiration, not conceptual. Although the lunahods and astronaughts whose bodies are monitored down to the heartbeat and sent out into space on behalf of humanity, are quite poignant. The ones on the bottom with men in bug like masks is also an art project, but I don’t remember it’s name, if you do, please write to yud dot sofy at gmail dot com.
I ain’t got no body, continued
How can this be done with love?
The body implemented would be specific in it’s composition, a character by virtue of it’s body, the way a cat is by default different from a snail. But the structure underneath it would be modular and multi purpose. Hopefully allowing me to continue on a path of development for a long run to come.
What: One or more “bodies” to jack into from the net, a net, etc. Possibly even, (and this has always been a fantasy of mine) a space. What does it mean about our experience of the world if our body is mapped to a space?
When: First Plateau: Develop protocol and plan for documentation etc.
Why: I always wondered what it would be like to be a carp, so flat and smooth, on the bottom of the sea floor. How do we map a carp’s body to that of a human?
Because I feel empty and I want to look at everything in such depth that maybe I will finally prove or disprove the reality of anything that I perceive. At least for the benefit of my own peace of mind, if nothing else.
To exacerbate the abyss of the other, push to the limit any indication that they really exist. Trying to mediate life with a mechanical process. Trying to mechanize deconstruct and decontextualize everything.
Who: Anyone with internet, should it be p2p? All access all the time, peep show 2.0 or something more specific you have to make an appointment for etc?
How: Serially enabled devices can be controlled from the internet, we will see which ones and how after some market research and analysis.
I am proposing to develop an open interface for telepresence, with some kind of modular infrastructure. Perhaps it will take the form of something like the chat roulette but with physically present “bodies”. Its related to teledildonics too, and all the beautiful notions of the passion where you give your body over to the process, except that process is embodied by other people, close ones, strangers.
I accept all assignments!
My own perceived strengths:
Some modicum of craftsmanship, some ability to make things work and bring them to a close if not a polish when push comes to shove, can organize workflow, know my limits
Poor language and communication abilities, laziness, don’t know my limits