A series of workshops and embodied learning experiences combining an intro to coding and Arduino, basic robotics, with discussions about intimacy. The sessions are designed to bring moments of introspection and self-reflection to an otherwise purely technical demonstration. What are our expectations regarding intimate relationships in the world today--when algorithms, devices, and manicured and automated service industry interactions dominate? Vision, senses, comprehension.
The workshop was framed as a robots and technology liberation event for those who could not afford the first release of the male model of the intimacy robot, GABRIEL2052. Participants were told that the computer brains of the robots were discovered in a scrapyard, and still held code and preferences set by their previous owners.
The class learned how to re-program basic blinking, fading, and the distance dependent behaviors onto their boards. They then bonded with their robots by customizing his body and giving him a name.
Each GABRIEL2052 came with his own memories, a video file, that the participants learned Arduino to Processing communication in order to access. We explored topics of machine vision and cloud computing by uploading screenshots from the video memories to Google's Cloud Vision API.
The classes works were exhibited during Akademie Schloss Solitude's open studio, Bots, Cyborgs and Avatars.