Multiplexed reality made by multimedia
Next to creating electronics-based works labeled as "device art" straddling the boundary between digital and analogue, Ryota Kuwakubo has been collaborating with manufacturers on the development of toys among others. In this exhibition revolving around the theme of "technology-induced transformations in human relationships", he presented his latest installation featuring mobile robots carrying information of visitors' sensory perception.
Experiencing aspects of contemporary-style communication
While hinting at the entanglement of real and virtual that occurs in this work, its title reflects at once the idea of comparing the robots' characteristics to those of "RV" cars (commonly known as camping cars) as mobile living environments. Employing robots to encourage communication among visitors, the work highlights the common perception of robots, and at once the process of transformation in modes of communication.
- January 8 - February 21, 2005
- Studio B
R/V (Commissioned by YCAM)
Two "bodies" in mediated, multi-layered communication
This installation features robots that facilitate communication through audiovisul interaction with visitors.
The exhibition features four mobile caterpillar robots, together with control consoles for manipulating them. Each robot/console unit is equipped with LCD monitors, compact video cameras and microphones for exchanging audiovisual information between the robots and the visitors navigating them. By navigating the robots as their alter egos through which they communicate with other participants, visitors can experience three forms of communication - human-to-human, human-to-robot, and robot-to-robot - at the same time.
Built-in LCD monitors and speakers on the front side of the robots display the faces and voices of the respective visitors navigating them, based on data radio transmitted in real-time from each control console. At the same time, images and sounds recorded by video cameras built into the front side of each robot are displayed on the respective control console.
While the visitors and robots appear to be simply exchanging audioisual information, differences in the "physical traits" of both are highlighted among others through patterns of infrared rays that are only visible by way of the robots' mediation, projected onto the venue's floor and walls. The experience of this work evokes in the visitor a particular kind of bodily sensation.
The exhibition was opened with a live performance by exonemo. It was a multimedia spectacle in which the artists emailed each other sound files that each of them manipulated and eventually played back; amplified the motor noise of a radio control with an attached transmitter; or filmed a swinging light bulb with a video camera and translated the pendular motion into flicker noise – all while moving around inside the YCAM building with a wagon equipped with such devices as speakers, a projector, a video camera, a light bulb, and a computer.
- January 7, 2005
- Live: exonemo
In this talk event, Ryota Kuwakubo introduced his previous projects, and explained backgrounds and creation processes of the work featured in the main exhibition.
- Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion
In association with:
- Yamaguchi City
- Yamaguchi City Board of Education
- Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]