Entry 03 – Resources – books

December 4, 2010

Timothy N. Hornyak – “Loving The Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots” – Amazon Interesting and inspiring book which describes the history of robots in Japan.

Donald Norman – “The design of future things” – Amazon – Author’s insight into the design of the things in the future, probabilities and connection.

Isaaz Asimov – “The complete Robot” – Amazon – Collection of short Asimov’s fictional stories about robots. Asimov very often implies philosophical questions related with that topic.

Philip K. Dick – “Do androids dream of electric sheep?” – Amazon – A novel, about a bounty hunter who hunts for renegade androids in the world where live animals are nearly extinct and it is a great pleasure to have one.

Arthur C.Clarke: “2001”, “2010”, “2061”, “3001” (Space Odyssey) – Series of books with fictional stories which main issue is AI computer.


Entry 02 – Resources – online

November 16, 2010

Robots in art graph A rough graph detailing the categories to which robots in art can divide. Some of them have links to artists who work in such field.

Edward Ihnatowicz Late artist who is considered to be a precursor in the field of robotic art. His works may seem nothing impressive these days but those were accomplished in 1960’s and 70’s which for that period was something astounding.

Karel Capek Writer, who is well known for the first use (in the play he has written) the term “robot”. In fact he mentioned that it was his brother who invented that word but then obviously he was the one who used it publicly. The play title was “R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots)” and the main plot was about androids who initially work for humans but later rebel and such leads to the extinction of human race.

Daily Mail “A robotic performance…” An android used as an actor during the live play. To me it looks more as an elaborative puppetry, as movements were copied in real time by an actual person who was behind the scenes. The same was with the voice. Interesting use but not much innovative especially in terms of technology.

TED: Dennis Hong: My seven species of robots – Presentation of new designs of robots with different types of movement (crawling, three legs etc).

Eyewriter 2.0 Technology of writing with the use of eyes. Hacked PS3’s Eye camera allows writing with the use of eyes only.

NIA game controller Interesting device which allows control within computer environment (like games) by a sole use of brain power.



Entry 01

October 26, 2010

It is about time to start writing my blog which is supposed to have details about my research and thoughts for the Major Project in New Media Art and Design.

During my studies I found that usually it is very hard to find an idea for the project for any of the modules. I tend to look at the project few steps too far, meaning that at the point of initial thoughts regarding an idea I already worry about the issues connected with the creation of an artefact. From one point it is something good (as I try to avoid concepts which will be impossible to do) but from the other it limits my innovation. This time my lecturer asked me a question, which was “What is it that you like?” and then my horizons opened….

During the last week I have tried to find in my thoughts the most interesting areas of interest; especially those which could be used at my work. I can sincerely admit that those fields are: gaming, robotics, use of controversial topics in art (destruction, death, skeletons), fantasy and sci-fi. Most of those can be interconnected with each other and this would be my ideal solution for the final artefact.

As for now I have decided to look thoroughly into the topic or robotics or more likely robots itself. My research has already commenced but I will write about the outcome hopefully in the next blog entry.